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


2005-12-15 15:57:30

Another St Ives seal rescue, Cornwall

At approximately 11am, the National Coastwatch Institute station at St Ives contacted West Cornwall Coordinator Tim Bain to report a seal pup hauled out on Porthgwidden beach. Tim notified Coordinator Dave Jarvis and the National Seal Sanctuary, and arrived on the beach a few minutes later with Medic Simon Money.

The pup was assessed and was obviously malnourished and dehydrated, and lethargic. It also had bald patches where fur had been lost. This was relayed to the Sanctuary, who sent out Senior Animal Care team member Tamara Cooper. While awaiting Tamara’s arrival, Tim and Simon tube fed the seal fluids and held it in the vari-kennel.

When Tamara arrived the seal had its temperature taken, which was high at 38.3C. It was loaded into a cage and put into the Land Rover, whereupon Tamara returned with the pup to the Sanctuary. Once there, it was tube fed again after a clinical examination. It has been named 'Fawn'.

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