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


2006-01-09 14:18:05

Seal rescue at Sennen, Cornwall

During the early evening, a call was received via BDMLR Head Office that a seal pup had been spotted hauled out by the RNLI Lifeboat Station at Sennen, near Land's End. West Cornwall Coordinators Dave Jarvis and Tim Bain and Medic Lesley Jarvis set out, also calling out Medic Simone Slater who lives near to the area. Senior Animal Care Assistant Tamara Cooper of the National Seal Sanctuary was contacted to advise of the situation.

Simone arrived with her sister and located the pup with the help of Liam who lived nearby. Together they ensured that any people approaching were kept a safe distance away until the rest of the team arrived with the cage. It was assessed to have injuries to both eyes: one had a superficial scratch across the surface while the other was sunken and bloody. It was also malnourished and had a few other minor injuries such as bites and grazes on its flippers.

As soon as the team arrived Tamara was advised of the pup’s condition and agreed that it should be brought in for rehabilitation. Tim jumped the pup, which had now moved into a rockpool, so after a bit of splashing and with assistance from the other Medics, he loaded it into the seal cage. It was then transported to the Sanctuary where a clinical assessment of its health was carried out and the injuries treated, after which it was tube fed fluids to rehydrate it.

The pup weighed 17kg and was named 'Storm'.

Medic Dan Jarvis
BDMLR West Cornwall