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


2009-11-24 10:48:46

Seal Pup At Crackington Beach

Seal pupI received a call just before midday from Laura at Gweek Seal Sanctuary about an exhausted pup at Crackington Beach. I headed down there with my neighbour Adam, who had offered to drive me as my car kept overheating.

It was an easy walk onto the beach to find the pup which was pretty lively once we approached it. It was a good size but was very snotty, had rapid breathing and quite a few grazes in its body. I caught and restrained the pup and lifted him into the seal bag to carry out a proper health check at the car park. Once the pup was on the ground he was getting agitated so I tried to get the tubing and temperature check underway as quickly and as possible. My Friend Adam was on hand to pass me equipment whilst I was holding onto the pup. I cleaned his eyes as they were covered in sand, managed slowly to get fluids into him with Adams help and found his temperature to be 37 degrees. The poor little lad was truly exhausted at this point so we transferred him into the vari-kennel ready for his trip to Wadebridge to be met by Amy and Steve from Gweek to take him on to the sanctuary.

Thanks to Nick Cooper and his wife who own the Crackington Cafe for their help, and to Adam Rutter for being my taxi and assistant. Great job!

Thanks to Amy and Steve for relaying with me.

Michelle Robinson
Assistant Coordinator