Following a call from a member of the public this morning about a grey seal pup on Gwithian beach, near Hayle, the National Seal Sanctuary contacted West Cornwall Coordinator Dave Jarvis and requested that he go to the beach to assess the pup.

Dave and Medic Lesley Jarvis immediately went to the site and quickly found the pup high up on the beach near the high tide mark, basking in the sun. No injuries could be seen, but it was obviously underweight and dehydrated, and it was also low tide, so the pup was a long way from the sea. After giving these details to Senior Animal Care Assistant Tamara Cooper, she decided to go out with regular volunteer Yvie Oxley.

Once they arrived, Tamara jumped the pup and gave it a thorough check, finding some puncture wounds on the rear flippers. The temperature was also taken, which was a bit high, and so it was decided that the pup should be brought back to the Sanctuary. Before putting the seal in the cage, it was tube fed fluids to rehydrate it. Once it was safely in the cage, the pup was taken back to the car park in relays and then transported back to the Sanctuary for rehabilitation.

Medic Dan Jarvis
BDMLR West Cornwall
(Newquay - Land´s End - St Austell)