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


2011-05-16 12:19:00

Grey Seal releases from Highland Seal Hospital

Larry the seal is released with his friendsOn Tuesday 19th April we finally released the last of the winter arrivals from the hospital. The weather forecast was looking good for the next few days so Mary, Al, Patch and Larry were given the once over, weighed in the morning once the pool was drained, then loaded into their transport boxes for the short journey to the release site.

As well as Heather, Caleb and myself, we were joined by main hospital volunteer Tracey and her son Elliot, BDMLR Director Mark Stevens with Carolyn, Director and Scottish National Organiser Ali Jack along with wife Pam and little ones, SSPCA officer Audrey and a few others. It was quite a welcome crowd compared to last time as it certainly made all the lifting and carrying of each over 40 kilo seal much easier.

Once at the release site their boxes were lined up but Al didn’t want to wait and so squeezed himself half out his box and then with Heather barely managing to keep some sort of control, tipped the box up. The other three were quickly let out to join him and with the exception of Larry, all hit the water pretty quickly. Larry wasn’t too sure but with a bit of coaxing finally went in. They spent the next half hour or so exploring the harbour and looking for each other. We left them to get on with it and last seen they were playing in the seaweed.

Now they are finally back where they should be and the task of readying the hospital for the next lot begins.

Jamie Dyer
BDMLR Highland Seal Hospital Manager