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


2005-11-30 15:32:12

Grey seal pup dies as Medic reaches it - Johnshaven, Scotland

Medic Paul Horne BDMLR Montrose Group responded to a call at 12.45hrs in relation to a fresh dead seal pup at Johnshaven which was found by Medic Rebecca Chambers whilst walking her dogs. The pup which had sadly just died was removed from its stranding point after Area Co-ordinator Elaine Roft had managed to establish contact with Paul who had been called first hand by Rebecca.

It was taken to another location for easy uplift by Environmental Health and a full assessment on the carcass was carried out by Elaine and Paul. The pup measured approximately 2.5ft in length, was determined as being a female semi weaned grey seal pup which was severely malnourished and severely dehydrated. There were numerous puncture marks on the fore flippers, muzzle, rear flippers and under the tail measuring approximately 1/2 cm in diameter. The teeth were broken on the lower left jaw and another puncture mark was visible on the lower left gum. It is possible that these puncture marks may be bites inflicted by an adult seal. Reports have been sent to BDMLR vet James Barnett and BDMLR Consulting vet Cameron McPherson.

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