Amethyst was rescued on the 27th December 2012 from Lee Bay in Devon, weighing just 12 kg, she had wounds around her neck and malnourished. This pup was taken to the RSPCA´s West Hatch Wildlife Centre for treatment.
She was transferred to the National Seal Sanctuary on Tuesday 20th March 2012 for her next stage of rehabilitation and to learn how to compete for fish with other seals and then finally being released back into the wild.
Amethyst´s flipper tag number is 80037 (orange).
Update: 6th April 2012 - Photo left of Amethyst was taken on 4th April 2012. Click here to see a larger version of this photo.
Update: 24th April 2012 - Amethyst is doing really well and putting on weight. The rescued pups are enjoying the piggy back rides around the pool with the resident seals, but it is going to be a few more weeks before any pups are ready for release back to the wild.
Update: 30th May 2012 - Earlier today the Cornish Seal Sanctuary´s Animal Care Team decided to do a seal pup release as the weather in Cornwall was good and the high tides were on their side.
Members of the Animal Care Team drove to the north coast of Cornwall to release five pups Amethyst, Olaf Schmidt, Diamond, Brunel and Paul Watson back to the wild.
Update: 20th April 2013 - Amethyst was spotted at a local haul-out along the north coast of Cornwall on 20th March 2013 and 19th April 2013 by members of the Cornwall Seal Group.
Click here to read about Amethyst and other seals with taggies seen in the wild in March 2013.