Sam was found on the beach at Croyde in Devon by members of the RSPCA and transferred to the Cornish Seal Sanctuary for the pup´s final stage of rehabilitation and then release back into the wild. Sam´s orange flipper tag number is 62017.
Sam Update: 24th December 2008 - Sam now weighs 33 kilos.

Update: 1st January 2009 - These photos of Sam in the convalescent pool were taken on 29th December 2008.
Photo of Sam was taken by Simon Bone Update: 13th February 2009 - Sam was released back into the wild along with April, Oscar, Fairy and Tyson at Porthtowan on 12th February 2009. Sam
Update: 3rd March 2020 - Sam was spotted amongst the seals at local haul-outs along the coast of Cornwall by members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) on 2nd & 3rd April 2009, 23rd April 2009, 26th September 2009, 8th May 2010, 19th March 2011, 27th May 2011, 6th January 2012, 13th April 2015, 11th January 2018, 8th October 2018, 6th, 20th & 24th December 2018, 28th February 2019, 28th October 2019, 16th December 2019, 9th, 13th, 17th, 23rd, 27th & 30th January 2020 and 3rd & 6th February 2020. Photo of Sam was taken by Sue Sayer (
Members of the CSGRT volunteer hundreds of hours of their own time to photo, identify and watch over the seals around the Cornish coast, especially at pup time!