Rescue of Severn on 18th October 2004

On the morning of Monday 18th October 2004, West Cornwall Coordinator Tim Bain had a call from the National Seal Sanctuary about a pup on Porthmeor Beach, St Ives that appeared to be malnourished. Tim contacted the other West Cornwall Coordinator, Dave Jarvis, who agreed to meet Tim at the site.

Tim took the seal cage with him down to the beach, and found that the pup had managed to crawl from one end of the beach to the other - which is quite a distance, especially for a pup! The pup had lost its white coat, but didn´t appear fully weaned yet. It was very thin, but still alert and active despite the trek across the beach.

Once Dave had arrived, Tim jumped the seal and between them they got it into the cage. The seal was then loaded into Dave´s car and it was taken to the National Seal Sanctuary at Gweek.

Animal Care Assistants Marianne Fellows and Fleur Bennett met Tim and Dave at the Hospital, and the pup was taken into an Isolation pen. Marianne and Fleur later gave her a clinical examination, finding that, other than being quite malnourished, she only had a few small cuts and grazes on her body. The wounds were tended to and the female pup, now given the name Severn, was tube fed fluids and had her temperature taken, which was about normal.

Medic Dan Jarvis
British Divers Marine Life Rescue
West Cornwall