British Divers Marine Life Rescue
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (photo: Steve Marsh)
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2005-01-12 11:41:09

Common seal pup rescue - Torry, Aberdeen

4.10pm Jan Bevington of Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary in Shetland called Montrose Area Co-ordinator Elaine Roft to say that she had received a call about a seal pup at Nigg Bay in the Torry district of Aberdeen. The pup was battered and bruised and bleeding from its flipper from last nights gale force winds. A local animal charity had been notified and the caller was advised to leave the pup as it would return to the sea, despite being told of its apparent injuries.

4.15pm Elaine made contact with Lisa Clark, the lady who had found the pup and sat with it for 4 hours on the beach and ensured her that BDMLR Medics would asses the pup and if need be take it to nearby rehab facilities. Elaine was unable to establish contact with the BDMLR Aberdeen Co-ordinator Nick Duthie,therefore Fraserburgh Medic Andy Ireland was contacted who agreed to respond to the call. Andy spoke with Lisa to get the exact location of the pup whilst Elaine booked a seal pen with Laurence Brain at New Deer.

6.20pm Andy ireland had arrived on scene and confirmed to Elaine that the seal was a common pup, perhaps a little underweight, but otherwise active and alert. The extent of any injuries could not be determined as it was dark. It was decided to uplift the seal anyway so that Laurence could do a general examination, and if need be, release it the next day if it was sound.

7pm Nick Duthie responded to the voicemail left by Elaine and he was updated on the situation and thanked us for covering as he was unable to attend. He also wondered if the seal was perhaps the same one that he had observed at the Victoria Bridge a few weeks ago, that hadn't been seen since.

8.20pm The seal pup had arrived at Laurence's premises and he confirmed that it was a common seal approx 12 weeks of age. The source of the bleeding had not been determined on its arrival.

An update on this seal named "Lisa" will follow on 14.01.05

Thanks to Lisa Clark, Jan Bevington (Hillswick Wildlife Sanctuary), Montrose Co-ordinator Elaine Roft, Fraserburgh Deputy Co-ordinator Andy Ireland, Fraserburgh Medic Jane Davies and Laurence Brain.

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