Ken was rescued on 14th January 2009

In early February 2009 saw the arrival of Ken and three other rescued seal pups, Evie, Custard Cream and Emma, from the RSPCA´s West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Devon. The pups were transferred to the National Seal Sanctuary for their next stage of rehabilitation and to learn how to compete for fish with other seals and then finally being released back into the wild.

Ken was rescued on 14th January 2009 at Newquay beach by members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BMDLR) team, suffering from injuries to his rear flippers.
Update: 23rd February 2009 - Ken has now been moved into the convalescent pool with the other rescued seal pups. His flipper tag number (orange) is 62024.

Update: 18th March 2009 - Ken was released back into the wild on 16th March 2009 along with Ellie, David, Sandy and Milo at Gwithian.
Some of the seal pups being released on 16th March 2009
Update: 1st June 2017 - Ken has been spotted at local haul-outs along the north coast of Cornwall by members* of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) on 25th March 2009, 29th March 2009, 20th April 2009, 4th September 2009, 21st October 2009, 15th December 2009, 28th December 2009, 30th December 2009, 2nd January 2010, 30th January 2010, 7th August 2010, 11th, 12th, 13th, 15th & 29th September 2010, 4th, 6th & 27th October 2010, 6th March 2011, 4th April 2011, 17th October 2011,
Photo of Ken was taken by Sue Sayer ( 9th & 10th November 2011, 16th January 2012, 23rd April 2012, 3rd, 8th, 12th, 14th, 23rd & 29th September 2012, 8th & 27th March 2013, 8th April 2013, 9th October 2013, 4th November 2013, 22nd March 2014, 3rd, 23rd & 28th April 2014, 30th May 2014, 18th September 2014, 8th November 2014, 13th April 2015, 18th April 2015, 27th & 30th April 2015, 7th & 25th May 2015, 29th June 2015, 1st October 2015, 9th November 2015,

Photo (left) of Ken was taken by Sue Sayer of CSGRT on 25th March 2009.
5th May 2016, 12th September 2016, 1st & 12th December 2016, 2nd February 2017, 30th March 2017, 4th May 2017 and 22nd May 2017.

© Photo (right) of Ken was taken on 5th May 2016 by Sue Sayer of CSGRT.
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*Members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust volunteer hundreds of hours of their own time to photo, identify and watch over the seals around the Cornish coast.
Photo of Ken was taken by Sue Sayer (