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


2009-09-25 12:04:38

Seal pup call-out, Constantine

Seal pup rescueAn early morning meeting at Newquay harbour between Area Co-ordinators, Faye Archell and Dave Jarvis, Cornwall Seal Group founder Sue Sayer, medic Lesley Jarvis and medics Chris and Annabelle Lowe who operate an eco tourism business out of Newquay harbour, together with the producer and researcher for BBC Countryfile, was interrupted when Sue White rang to say that a call had been received, to report a seal pup at Constantine, which is very close to Treyarnon Bay, where a pup had been reported the previous evening. Unfortunately, Faye had to go to work, but the remainder of the medics together with the television crew made their way to the location, where they were joined by medic Michelle Barley, who was determined not to be denied her first seal pup rescue. Upon arrival, an apparently well nourished pup was found on rocks on a public beach. It was decided to examine the animal, therefore Michelle, Lesley and Sue put the animal into a seal bag and moved further up the beach. After weighing it and preparing the equipment, Chris and Annabelle opened the bag and Dave restrained the animal, whilst Michelle who is a vet nurse carried out an examination and took its temperature. Although this was normal and there were no external signs of injury, it was noted that blood was coming from both its mouth and nose, mucus around the anus and laboured breathing. Sue and Michelle went to a nearby house and advised the National Seal Sanctuary of its condition and they were asked to make arrangements to transport the animal to Gweek, which was done as rapidly as possible.

Dave Jarvis
Cornwall area co-ordinator