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


2009-11-26 11:55:46

Latest Arrivals at Highland Seal Hospital


Leia the seal pupChristine from the SSPCA picked up a weaned grey seal pup near to Campbeltown on the Kintyre peninsula on the evening of the 14th. SSPCA officer John MacAvoy held the pup overnight before transporting to Inverness and handing over to local medic Heather, who transported the pup to Golspie where Caithness medic Colin Bird did the final leg to the hospital.

Assessment found a weaned female grey seal, approx. 3/4 weeks old, weighing in at a tiny 9.3 kilos. Whilst being malnourished, she is a naturally tiny seal. We named he Leia.

Leia had several puncture wounds from being bitten, one of these over her stomach was quite deep and infected. She was started on fluid, bloods taken, medication given and all being well she will start putting on some weight with regular feeding.

Chewbacca (Chewy)

Chewie the seal pupHead office received a call about a pup on Keiss beach near Wick. Local medic Kirsty Rose went to assess the pup and upon finding a thin weaned grey trying to get as far away from the water as possible, called back reporting that it should be uplifted. Another local medic Karl, went out with the necessary transport box, uplifted and then brought the pup to the hospital for assessment.

On assessment we found we had a weaned male grey seal, very malnourished weighing in at 13.8 kg and around 4 weeks old. No real injuries, just the usual scrapes. He was very dehydrated so as usual started on hydration fluid.

Jamie Dyer
Seal Hospital Manager