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


2008-12-05 15:27:34

Wallasey Stranding

The call came from a Member of the public in Fife who reported seeing a large mammal approx 200yrds off shore thought to be floating and trying to move it's head. I was able to contact Charlie Tulloch the head of the local Lifeboat station who scrabbled a team together to check on this animal which was now drifting towards the rocks. On closer inspection by the Lifeboat crew they found a seal resting on the water and as soon as it realised that the boat was getting nearer it dived under the water. Thanks go to Charlie and the Lifeboat Crew for their swift action.

Adult bull Grey seal10.47am
The next call came from Rachel an RSPCA Inspector who had been called to a seal on the beach at Wallaley, The Wirral. This was an adult bull grey seal approx 5ft (1.524m) in length and in very poor condition. BDMLR Medic and Vet Nurse Marie O'Connor and Steve O'Connor also a medic attended. From photographs and information from Rachel and Marie you could see that the seal's body was half the weight it should have been with ribs and pelvis both visible. It also had an ulcerated eye and back flipper. After consulting Cameron McPherson one of our Veterinary advisers and Jamie Dyer at our Seal Hospital, RSPCA Stapley Grange and Alison at RSPCA East Winch it was agreed that it would be kinder to put the seal to sleep on the beach to save any further suffering.

Our thanks go to Rachel RSPCA Inspector, Cameron, Jamie, Marie and Steve and local vets who attended.

Sue White
BDMLR Chief Administrator