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


2006-01-17 14:27:31

Another seal in St Ives Bay

A call came through to Coordinator Dave Jarvis from RSPCA Animal Collection Officer Claire Ford regarding a seal at Gwithian, near Hayle, during the evening of the 17th. Dave contacted Medics Sue Sayer and Karl Wheston while he and Medic Lesley Jarvis loaded up the seal cage yet again.

Sue was first to arrive and was shown by the original caller where it was. The pup was malnourished and dehydrated with minor injuries on his flippers. The rest of the team arrived within a few minutes and after a quick call to the National Seal Sanctuary about it's condition, the pup was jumped by Sue and caged. The Medics then took the seal back to the car park where it was then transported to the Sanctuary.

At the rehabilitation centre, the pup was weighed at 15kg and then allocated a pen in the Isolation unit to rest for a while. Senior Animal Care Assistant Tamara Cooper tube fed the male pup fluids to rehydrate him and then carried out the clinical examination. He has since been named 'Sting'.

Medic Dan Jarvis
BDMLR West Cornwall