Frome was rescued on 10th November 2004

West Cornwall Coordinator Tim Bain received a call from a member of the public at around 11:30am, regarding a small seal on Porthmeor Beach. Tim in turn contacted Coordinator Dave Jarvis about the situation before heading to the beach. Dave, with Medics Lesley Jarvis and Phil Jarvis, went to meet Tim on the beach.

Tim, who only lives a short distance from the beach, had already assessed the animal´s condition and had been in contact with the National Seal Sanctuary about it by the time Dave and the other Medics had arrived. The pup had moulted, but was malnourished and also had some wounds to its flippers.

With the help of Dave, Phil and Lesley, Tim caught the seal and put it into the cage ready for transport. It was then carried up to the car park in relays, where Phil volunteered to take the seal to the Sanctuary with Tim.

Arriving at the Sanctuary a while later, the pup was put into an isolation pen and left to recover before having a clinical assessment. The assessment found that besides malnourishment and puncture wounds, the pup also had a high temperature, possibly the result of an infection.

The Seal Sanctuary Hospital is full of rescued pups at the moment, and this rescue season is one of the busiest in the last decade - 18 pups have come to the Sanctuary since the end of September 2004 and there appears to be no slowing down in the rate of rescues.

Medic Dan Jarvis
British Divers Marine Life Rescue
West Cornwall