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

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2011-06-20 17:00:17

Common Seal Season starts for BDMLR Highland Seal Hospital

Common seal pupOn Friday 17th June, Inverness medic John Orr was called to check on a seal pup reported on a beach at Nairn by a concerned local resident. It was believed to be only a couple of days old and as there were seals nearby we asked John if he could check it again in the early evening, and again on Saturday morning, just to be sure Mum was not still around.

On Saturday morning it was confirmed that no seals had been near the pup and it was looking a bit thin so based on this John uplifted it. As we could not find anyone from Inverness to help with transport to the seal hospital, John looked after the pup until Ali Jack arrived in the evening on his way home to Scarfskerry from the Marine Mammal Medic course at North Berwick.

On arrival at the seal hospital later that evening we found we had a small 8.8 kilo male common seal around 3 days old. He had no injuries and while being a bit thin he was alert and active. He received hydration fluid for the first few feeds and has since been moved onto multimilk.

Many thanks to both John and Ali.

Jamie Dyer
Highland Seal Hospital Manager