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

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2009-02-12 11:49:52

White Coated Roseland Pup

Seal pup rescueAt around lunchtime a call was received by Area Co-ordinator Dave Jarvis from the National Seal Sanctuary at Gweek to advise that they had received a report of a possible white coated on Towan Beach, on the Roseland peninsula. Apparently a member of the public had been asked to monitor its condition and report back. Due to a business meeting Dave, together with medic Lesley Jarvis, happened to be in the area a few hours later and decided to take a look at the animal. Dave checked the right side of the beach and Lesley the other and it was there that she located a young pup. Due to the lack of imprints in the sand it was apparent that no other seals had hauled out by it during what must have been at least the entire course of the day. Having made this assessment and contacted the Sanctuary to advise of the situation it was decided to uplift the pup, but whilst Dave collected the necessary equipment from the car, the animal decided to start moving towards the sea and therefore Lesley was forced to ‘jump’ it using her coat and wait for Dave to return, which he did soon afterwards. The pup was then placed into a seal bag and weighed, when it was found to be only 14kg, following on from which it was quickly transported to the Sanctuary.

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