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

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2009-01-01 09:37:54

Malnourished pup taken for rehabilitation, St Ives, Cornwall

As is usual in Cornwall, the first callout of the year happened on the morning of New Year’s Day. This year the seal pup was on Porthgwidden beach, St Ives. Coordinator Tim Bain received a call from one his local contacts to advise that a young pup was on the shore. He passed on the information to Co-ordinator Dave Jarvis and Medic Lesley Jarvis who were already in the area and so arrived very quickly to find that Claire and the rest of her staff at the Porthgwidden Beach Café had done a great job of clearing the small beach of people completely, and they were now all standing on the sea walls surrounding the area watching the pup.

Dave and Lesley approached the pup, which started to run away into the sea, but it was quickly caught as they outpaced it to the water’s edge. The fully moulted female pup was caged up and assessed to be in malnourished condition at just 15kg and also had in swollen injury to its lower jaw. After discussing the condition of the pup with the Animal Care Team at the National Seal Sanctuary it was decided that she should come in for rehabilitation, so she was uplifted from the beach and transported there.

Dave Jarvis
Director and Cornwall Area Coordinator
British Divers Marine Life Rescue