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


2006-02-01 14:48:46

Seal pup escapes attack by dogs - Scotland

Whilst out doing a beach clean today at 10.00hrs, a group of common seals were observed early morning within the Montrose groups patrol area with a small fully weaned Grey pup hauled out some distance away from them. There was no immediate concern for the pup as it was bright active and alert and although on a notorious footpath for dog walkers, the area was clear of people and canines. It was decided to commence with the beach clean and if the pup was still there when we had finished then we would investigate further. At 14.00hrs our pup "Mistletoe" was still hauled out in the same spot but being continually harassed by 2 dogs - a Labrador and a Dobermann.

Medics Willie, Peter Jacque and Andy made there way to the location whilst Elaine continued with observations through her binoculars at the same time trying to draw the dog owners attention to the fact that that the dogs were engaged in repeated attempted attacks on the pup .SEPA arrived on scene as they were taking routine water samples from the area and offered to transport Elaine to the pup in their RIB which happened to be at hand. The offer was declined although much appreciated as it was made just as the Medics had arrived at the pup. The pup had not suffered any injuries from its attack by the dogs and after being checked over by the Medics on scene it happily made its way into the water on the flow tide.

Many thanks to Medics Jacque, Andy, Willie, Peter, Elaine and to the guys from SEPA Based at inverkeithing.

Elaine Roft
British Divers Marine Life Rescue
Montrose Area Co-ordinator (Inverbervie-Easthaven)