British Divers Marine Life Rescue
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (photo: Steve Marsh)
British Divers Marine Rescue


2006-01-04 14:02:16

Malnourished seal pup rescued from rising tide, Cornwall

It was around 4pm the next day when the National Seal Sanctuary called again, this time the seal was at the opposite side of St Ives Bay from the last two seals, amongst the rocks at Godrevy. Coordinator Dave Jarvis and Medic Lesley Jarvis went up with the seal cage and started searching for it.

Fortunately, the caller had remained with the pup, so was relatively easy to find, but more importantly may not have been found if they had not stayed due to its position in relation to nearby rocks and the incoming tide. The pup was very malnourished, but appeared to have no obvious injuries under the fading light of day. The Sanctuary was updated and then Dave herded the pup into the cage positioned by Lesley so it could be taken away. By now Medics Karl Wheston and Kate Hockley had arrived, and assisted with removing the pup from the rocky terrain and back to the car park. Finding it necessary to get a change of dry clothing, Dave and Lesley met with Medics Dan Jarvis and Sue Sayer, who proceeded with them to the rehabilitation centre.

On arrival the pup was brought in and put into the temporary pen. It was weighed in at 13.5kg and then given a few minutes to rest before Curator of Pinnipeds Glenn Boyle tube fed it fluids and took its temperature, which was 37.7°C. It was named 'Wiggly' and was put on the list for midnight's night feed schedule, which probably wiped the smile off ACT member Abi Nicholl's face when she arrived later that evening for the 8pm feeds!

Medic Dan Jarvis
BDMLR West Cornwall
(Newquay – Land's End – St Austell)