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


2006-01-24 14:40:49

Seal rescue near Land’s End, Cornwall - and a 'penguin' report!

Coordinator Dave Jarvis had a call from the Old Success Inn at Sennen during the afternoon of the 24th January regarding a seal pup hauled out at the far end of the beach near Gwynver. Dave contacted the National Seal Sanctuary, who had not had any reports about it, so it was decided that Dave would investigate with Coordinator Tim Bain and Medic Lesley Jarvis.

En route, a call came through from Head Office about a 'penguin' at Portreath and that the Sun newspaper were on their way as there was a large crowd gathering around it. Medic Simon Bone and RSPCA Inspector Felicity Cross were called out to this incident, but by the time they arrived it had already gone – but was confirmed to be, as usual, a guillemot!

Arriving at Sennen, Tamara Cooper from the Animal Care Team at the Sanctuary contacted Dave as they had also now received a separate report of the seal. Tim carried on ahead while Dave and Lesley brought the seal cage up. The pup was found in the middle of the beach and was unresponsive with bite wounds and blood around its mouth. So the pup was picked up and taken to the Seal Sanctuary.

At Gweek, they met Tamara, Maz and Abi from the Animal Care Team. Abi and Maz did the clinical assessment with Tim's help while Tamara did the paperwork. The pup was found to have a very high temperature of around 40C and also had a broken jaw which has now been wired up by marine mammal consultant veterinarian Paul Riley. In the meantime, the pup has been named ‘Boggart’ and is doing better in the Hospital.

Medic Dan Jarvis
BDMLR West Cornwall