The National Seal Sanctuary performed an emergency rescue to save a seal stranded on Porthgwarra beach in West Cornwall.

Dan, a member of the Sanctuary´s animal care team, attended the scene with the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) where they provided essential medical assistance to the suspect nine month old seal.

"The pup had sustained a lot of injuries, including an eye infection and injured flipper. We immediately brought him to the Sanctuary where he is being nursed back to health," said Dan.
Upon the seal´s arrival at the Sanctuary, each member of staff was invited to suggest a name for it´s newest resident, inspired by their childhood heroes. Craig Hardman, the Sanctuary's site assistant who was born and bred in Little Lever, Bolton suggested Dibnah, after his own hero Fred Dibnah, who is an infamous Bolton icon.

"Fred Dibnah was a man who put Bolton on the map, and brought history alive. He is my all time hero, and I´m thrilled to have a seal named after him here at the Sanctuary," said Craig.

Dibnah is now resting in the Sanctuary´s seal hospital where he is being treated and fed by the Animal Care Team.

Dibnah will now face an ongoing rehabilitation programme, where he will learn to hunt for fish, interact with other seals and progress with target training, led by the Sanctuary´s animal care team.
Press release issued by: The National Seal Sanctuary
For more details please contact: Kaylie Finn on 01326 221361
Date: 28th July 2011