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

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2010-02-23 11:37:51

Another Successful Seal Release

Seal releaseOn Saturday 20th February, we released four of our rehabilitated grey seals back into the wild. We released Ami, Chewy, Blossom and Poppy. All four pups were finally at their release weight, with Chewy being slightly over due to waiting for the others to be ready.

Luckily we had a forecast of calm seas and little wind for the next few days so on Friday everything was organised ready for a quick drain of the pool on Saturday morning and off. By midday Saturday we had the pool drained, our four pups caught, weighed and loaded into their transport boxes. After a very short journey to the release site the boxes were taken onto the shore together so they could be released at the same time. Blossom was not prepared to wait for the others and tipped her box over as soon as the lid was off and she was into the water within seconds. Quickly the others were let out and after having a look around they too hit the water. All four swam around playing, sometimes in pairs, sometimes on their own. After half an hour or so we left them to it, time for them to do it for themselves.

It was a very sunny still day that was perfect for the release. The release site is well sheltered and very quiet with not many people there, though there are lots of seals hauled out around the bay. A great day for a release. Look after yourselves guys!

Jamie Dyer
Highland Seal Hospital Manager