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British Divers Marine Life Rescue (photo: Steve Marsh)
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2009-01-28 13:40:59

Pup Rescued From Beneath Boat

Seal pup with oil on its flippers and mouthThe daily telephone call to Area Co-ordinator Dave Jarvis came at just after 15.30.

The National Seal Sanctuary rang to advise that they had received a report of a seal pup at Lizard Point. Dave, together with medic Lesley Jarvis immediately responded, arriving less than an hour later.

Upon arrival they soon made contact with Nigel Hope, of the National Trust, who had originally reported the animal's situation. Making their way down onto the slipway, the pup was soon located half under a boat, ironically named 'Josh 2'. Apparently the animal had been in this location since the previous evening.

An initial assessment of the animal was made, where it was identified that there was apparently oil or tar on the rear flippers. Due to the pup's location under the boat, it was decided to wait for a few moments, until further assistance arrived, in the form of medics Dan Jarvis and Amy Hudson, who were en route from the National Seal Sanctuary.

When they arrived the pup was soon extricated from it’s position and a more detail examination performed, when it was discovered that the pup not only had oil on its rear flippers, but also in its mouth. Therefore it was soon on it’s way to Gweek to have treatment carried out.

Dan Jarvis
Marine Mammal Medic
British Divers Marine Life Rescue