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

News

2005-12-06 15:49:36

Medics rescue seal at Porthgwarra, Cornwall

At around midday, Coordintor Dave Jarvis had a call from Senior Animal Care Assistant Tamara Cooper of the National Seal Sanctuary about a seal at Porthgwarra, near Land’s End. Unfortunately Dave was at work in Truro, so called Coordinator Tim Bain and Medic Karl Wheston to attend, as they were much closer.

Karl collected the seal cage from Medic Lesley Jarvis and picked up Tim en route to the site, finding a dehydrated pup with a swollen flipper. It also had some bite wounds to its body and rear flippers. Tim contacted the Sanctuary and arranged for its removal from the beach. Tim jumped the pup and with Karl’s help, got it into the cage.

The cage was loaded into Karl's car, and the pup was then transported to Gweek, where it was allowed to rest before being tube fed and examined by the Animal Care staff. As it was Karl's birthday, he was given the chance to name the pup.

'Doom' (named after Doom Bar ale) is currently in the Hospital and doing well.

Medic Dan Jarvis
BDMLR West Cornwall
(Newquay – Land's End – St Austell)