All female final pup release

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary had their final pup release of 2017 with 5 female grey seal pups being released back into the wild on 13th June 2017.

It was a very quick release; it didn´t take them very long to venture out into the sea and were soon immersed amongst the waves.
Seal Release - 13th June 2017
Seal Release - 13th June 2017 Grey seal pups Caiman, Lobster, Mantis Shrimp, Fish and Flamingo were released at Dollar Cove, Gunwalloe. The planned release is a major operation involving several members of the Sanctuary team.

The rehabilitation pool was drained, and then each pup was herded into a cage and then transferred to a trailer which was then driven onto the beach to be safely released.
Usually as soon as a pup has reached 40kg and has received a clean bill of health they are then released back into the wild. This season the Sanctuary has rescued 51 grey seal pups.

There are a variety of reasons as to why grey seal pups need to be rescued, from malnutrition to being separated from their mum at just a few days old.
Convalescent pool
Fish Fish was rescued from Newlyn Harbour by British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) on 19th January 2017. She was found malnourished on the rocks in the harbour with no intention of going back out to sea! She had no obvious signs of injury or illness. She was given a precautionary antibiotic but the main priority was to build fish up and get her ready for release.

Within 10 days she was ready to move to the outdoor pools but struggled to keep up with the larger more boisterous pups. The team began a mission to spot feed her to build her up but it was a relatively slow and steady process. Finally in June she reached the target for release.
Mantis Shrimp was rescued from Sandy Cove, Newlyn on 12th January 2017 by BDMLR. She was found at approx. 3 weeks old and no more than birth weight. She was very quiet, malnourished, had a swelling to the left side of her face and a respiratory infection.

Paul Riley (Head & Head Veterinary Centre) prescribed antibiotics and anti-inflammatories which soon began to do the trick! Within 6 weeks Mantis Shrimp had progressed to the outdoor pools and then it was a slow and steady process to get her up to release weight.
Mantis Shrimp
Flamingo Flamingo was rescued from Perranporth on 8th January 2017 by BDMLR. Two days after rescue she was found a space in the seal hospital where she was found to have a high temperature, malnourished and superficial wounds to flippers and mouth.

She responded well to antibiotics and within 10 days was able to progress to the outdoor pools.
She was later treated for an ulcerated eye where she required moving back to the hospital but once again responded well to eye drops and was soon ready to continue her rehab. It took Flamingo some time to gain the necessary weight but has been thriving in a smaller group of females and was ready to go back into the wild.
Caiman was rescued from Watergate Bay on 12th March 2017 by BDMLR. Caiman was found to have 3 loose teeth and an infected jaw making it difficult for her to feed herself.

Paul Riley had to remove 3 teeth and within 2 days after the operation Caiman was feeding herself! Caiman was soon ready to move outside and flew through her rehab until the team noticed just days before her release date that she was passing blood in her urine.
She was brought back to the hospital just 3 weeks after her admittance and was prescribed antibiotics and extra fluids in her fish. The urine infection persisted and in the end took 3 treatment changes and several months to finally clear. Caiman is a fantastic character that the team were delighted to finally been given the all clear to release.
Lobster Lobster was rescued from Portloe on 11th February 2017 by BDMLR, cared for 2 days before a space was found in the seal hospital.

Lobster was found to have an ulcerated eye, superficial wounds to her flippers and infected nailbeds causing one nail to be damaged.

Lobster was examined by the Sanctuary´s vet Paul Riley and prescribed pain relief, antibiotics and eye drops.
Within 10 days her flippers and nailbeds were clear of infection but her eye was still causing her discomfort. Unfortunately the ulcer was not settling down despite the vet´s and the team´s best efforts, in the end the decision was made that Lobster would be more comfortable if the eye was removed.
This was a last resort decision for the Sanctuary vet and not one that was taken lightly, but one that has been performed several times before so the team knew Lobster would adapt well. And adapt she did!

As soon as the eye was removed Lobster was much more comfortable and just 4 days after the operation she was taken off treatment and was able to move outside. Since then Lobster has progressed very well and adapted to using her good eye to full advantage!
Seal Release
Seal Release Tamara Cooper, Curator at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, said "It´s always sad to see the last pups go, it´s going to be a little quiet without them!"

She added, "but it´s great to get the final few back where they belong!"

Press Release issued by the Cornish Seal Sanctuary
For more details, please contact Georgina Shannon on 01326 221361
Issue Date: 13th June 2017