Orion was rescued on 26th October 2013
Gender : Male

Location of Rescue : Hawker´s Cove near Padstow

Age at Rescue : 6 weeks old

Weight at Rescue : 25kgs

Reason for rescue : Open wounds to the rear flippers and left hand side of body.

Photo right was taken by Sue Sayer of the
Cornwall Seal Group.
The seal pup was taken to the British Divers Marine Life Rescue´s (BDMLR) temporary seal holding facility until a pen was available at Gweek. The pup has been named Orion.

Update - 16th November 2013 : Orion was moved to Gweek on 30th October 2013. His wounds have healed well and he is now in a nursery pool learning how to feed for himself.
Orion Update - 22nd November 2013 : Orion is now in the convalescent pool with the resident seals and rescued pups, Aurora, Eclipse, Mars, Nasa, Moon, Galaxy and Milkyway.

Update - 2nd December 2013 : This photo (left) of Orion was taken on 1st December 2013 in the convalescent pool. His flipper tag number is 158 (orange).

Click here to see a larger version of this photo.
Update - 29th December 2013 : Orion is currently in the convalescent pool.

Click here to see a further photo of Orion taken on 28th December 2013.

Update - 20th February 2014 : Orion along with Miranda, Mars, Moon, Indus and Crater were returned to the wild on 17th February 2014 at Carbis Bay.

Click here to watch a short video of the release.
Update - 29th May 2020 : Orion was spotted at local haul-outs along the Altantic coast of Cornwall on 1st September 2014, 8th November 2014, 19th & 22nd January 2015, 2nd March 2015, 18th May 2015, 25th August 2016, 20th & 23rd November 2017, 11th, 14th & 28th December 2017, 1st, 11th, 15th, 18th & 29th January 2018, 26th March 2018, 14th May 2018, 21st June 2018, 23rd, 30th & 31st August 2018, 21st September 2018, 19th November 2018, 24th & 31st December 2018, 3rd & 17th January 2019, 4th, 14th & 18th February 2019,
Orion - Photo taken by Sue Sayer 18th & 25th March 2019, 5th April 2019, 23rd May 2019, 3rd, 13th, 16th, 17th & 20th June 2019, 1st, 4th, 15th & 25th July 2019, 5th, 11th, 12th & 26th August 2019, 2nd & 26th September 2019, 3rd, 10th, 24th, 28th & 31st October 2019, 7th & 11th November 2019, 5th, 9th, 12th, 16th & 23rd December 2019, 6th, 9th & 23rd January 2020, 3rd, 7th & 19th February 2020, 18th April 2020 and 4th May 2020 by members* of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT).

This © photo of Orion was taken on 28th December 2017 by Sue Sayer - CSGRT.
*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.