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


2010-10-03 10:35:10

Severely injured seal pup picked up near Bude

Injured seal pupArea Co-ordinator Dave Jarvis initially received a text message from Jason Carter, who was on his holidays in Cyprus, at about 19.00, quickly followed by a follow up call from On Call Co-ordinator Emma Webb, that a seal pup had been located on a beach called Sandy Mouth, just north of Bude. Assistant Area Co-ordinator Michelle Robinson, together with medics Andy Crouch and Fiona McCauley were alerted and asked to attend the scene. They discovered the member of the public who had made the original call, who was still keeping a vigil over the animal. It was immediately apparent that the small pup had suffered many injuries to it’s head and body, so Michelle contacted Dave, who was making his way north to assist with a relay, together with medics Lesley and Dan Jarvis, to advise them of the situation. The pup was uplifted from the beach and tube fed fluids by the medics before rendezvousing with Dave. The young animal was then rapidly transported to the National Seal Sanctuary at Gweek, when it arrived at around 22.45, to receive emergency treatment. It was noted that as well as injuries to one eye and ear, the pup had sustained about 50 bite wounds to its head, body and front flippers.

Thanks to Cai who located the pup, the medics involved and Animal Care Team at the National Seal Sanctuary.

Dave Jarvis
Director and Cornwall Area Co-ordinator