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


2009-01-26 13:39:11

Whitecoat watched at Mousehole, Cornwall

During the morning, Animal Care Assistant Amy Hudson at the National Seal Sanctuary contacted Medics Lesley and Dan Jarvis about a pup hauled out in a public area at Mousehole, near Penzance. They got ready to go out with rescue equipment and called out Coordinator Tim Bain and Medics Sue Sayer and Kate Hockley as well.

On arrival, the pup was swiftly spotted right next to the path that runs along the top of the beach. Fortunately it was fairly quiet so the pup, a whitecoat of a good size, was left to sleep while the nearby sea was monitored for any sign of the mother. Passers-by were informed of the pup and to not disturb it by being quiet, not approaching it and keeping dogs on leads.

A little while later, Tim, Sue and Kate joined in with the watch, followed by Coordinator Dave Jarvis a short time afterward. The path past the pup started to become busier with people walking dogs, and some were now running on to the beach before their owners could get them safely on a lead, putting the pup at risk. After a few hours with no sighting at all of any seals, and after one dog walker had been informed about the pup and then immediately proceeded directly to it with his dog while waving his walking stick in the pup’s face it was decided that leaving the animal where it was in the hope of its mother coming back was now redundant. Tim and Dan caught the very feisty pup and checked it over, it seemed in good health and was a good weight, but had a swelling on its right shoulder that was affecting the use of the flipper, so arrangements were made for Sue and Kate to take the seal to RSPCA West Hatch in Somerset for rehabilitation.

Dan Jarvis
Marine Mammal Medic
British Divers Marine Life Rescue