Earlier today (18th March 2005) we released three of our pups back to the wild. Dart, Kenn and Claw had been hat tagged a few days ago ready for the release. Dart and Kenn sat very still-ish to have their hats fitted. Claw was not as accommodating and wriggled so much that his hat wouldn’t stick. We left the Sanctuary and headed for the release site. First out was Dart who headed straight down the beach towards the water, next was Kenn who was reluctant to come out the trailer and then finally Claw. Claw went passed Kenn who was taking his time and got his flippers wet.
Kenn decided that the trailer was a better place to be and headed back where he spend an hour in the trailer. After 2 hours, Kenn was still no closer to the sea, which was getting further away. This was now turning out to be the longest release in the history of the Seal Sanctuary. Three hours later, we managed to get Kenn over to a river, which runs down the beach; this river has been used by other pups in the passed to carry them down to the water’s edge.
Kenn made his way down the river looked back at the team to say goodbye…and them went rock pool climbing.
He spent an hour climbing and exploring the rocks, before finding a nice pool of water with a strong current that he could swim against.
Another hour spending swimming in the water before he headed down the beach, to the great joy of the team, and after so many hours, we would finally see Kenn go out to open water. As he disappeared around the point, we watched from the cliff, but the joy was short lived…Kenn had found a deeper and bigger rock pool. Kenn stayed here for the next few hours until the tide came in, over seen by Dan, Dave and Tim of BDMLR.
Update: 25/03/05 - By the next morning Kenn had gone but was seen two days later, playing with a friend in the surf.
Photos of Dart, Kenn and Claw being released!