Alpha and Arrow Release

The National Seal Sanctuary is planning to release two of its grey seals back into the sea on Friday 4th February 2004.

Britain´s leading marine rescue centre has nursed the two seals, named "Alpha" and "Arrow" back to health and will release the seals on Friday, accompanied eagerly by local Primary School Port Issac.

"Alpha" was named in honour of North Devon-based leading UK generics manufacturing company, Alpharma, who, as part of its commitment to helping the local community and environment, donated 44,000 Ferrous Sulphate tablets to the Sanctuary. The iron supplements help to treat seals that are anaemic, plus they also counteract the loss of iron in freezer-stored fish fed to the recovering seals. The seals are given these tablets until they are released back into the wild where their natural diet will ensure they receive the vital nutrients they required.

"Arrow" who will be released alongside Alpha, was rescued by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue North Cornwall Co-ordinator Bob Bulgin. This year, the BDMLR have assisted the Sanctuary to rescue some of the 42 pups brought in to the hospital.

The National Seal Sanctuary is set in the picturesque Helford Estuary, in the beautiful village of Gweek, in Cornwall. The Sanctuary is Britain´s leading marine mammal rescue centre and over the last 47 years the Sanctuary has rescued, rehabilitated and released over 900 grey seals back to the wild.

The Sanctuary has so far this year rescued 42 pups from injury or abandonment, with all these pups set to be released in the coming months.

For further details of the release click here