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


2005-11-23 14:53:43

Seal Casualty, Isle of Bute

I attended a grey seal pup in Rothesay Bay, Isle of Bute on Wednesday, 23rd November. The weak pup was easily captured and taken to the veterinary surgery for further assessment (and some off the cuff marine mammal training for our new veterinary nurse!) The pup was extremely thin and dehydrated, weighing only 14kg. It was showing signs of respiratory distress and deteriorated rapidly. In such a state, it was unlikely to survive the trip to our nearest rehab centre and certainly not a candidate for treatment and immediate release. The pup was euthanased to avoid further suffering.

Catriona MacIntyre MRCVS
(Marine Mammal Medic)