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


2009-10-09 10:11:03

Another pup rescue from Portreath

Seal pupFollowing an early start to monitor a pup at Godrevy, that a member of the public had reported as potentially having been abandoned, fortunately it’s mother arrived within a couple of hours, but it was not long before the phone rang again. Area Co-ordinator Dave Jarvis received a call from the National Seal Sanctuary, who had received a message that a seal pup was in a precarious location and possibly injured near to the entrance of Portreath Harbour. Dave immediately responded, together with medics Lesley Jarvis and Sue Sayer.

Upon arrival they went to the reported location and discovered that the members of the public who had reported the incident had already moved the pup and that it had swum off. It was decided to make a search of the various locations nearby, in case the animal had made its way back out of the water. Having checked the main harbour, the team made it’s way carefully out onto the rocks immediately to the right of the harbour entrance, which were characteristically covered in seaweed, with several water filled chasms. When they were two thirds of the way out and with a clear view of the sea and surrounding adjacent beach the team called a halt, as there was a deep ravine barring progress, but as they scanned the sea a white furry object popped up from behind a rock about 10 yards immediately in front of them. It was apparent that the pup had some form of injury to its mouth, so Dave went to collect kit, whilst Sue and Lesley observed it. Unfortunately, the pup continued to make its way across the rocks until it was at the edge of the outcrop, but 6 feet above the water, so Dave threw a towel to Sue who jumped the pup and held it until he joined her, to put the it into a seal bag. They then made their way back off the rocks and awaited the arrival of the Animal Care Team from the Sanctuary. As well as having a large open abrasion on its chin the very young animal also had injuries to both fore flippers and due to its location, had obviously been abandoned.

Dave Jarvis
Cornwall Area Co-ordinator