|SMRU was rescued on 26th December 2009|
On 26th December 2009 the Sanctuary received a call from a member of the public who was on the beach at Church Cove, Gunwalloe and had come across an odd looking seal. They reported that the seal was very sleepy but also had some kind of tag or GPS system on it. With our volunteers having just dealt with a pup call just a short distance from the site where the pup was OK and did not need coming in, they were soon on their way to Church Cove.
Upon arriving at the scene, the pup indeed did have a satellite tag, but was also found to be dehydrated and a call to the Sanctuary was made and decision to bring it back to Gweek.
The pup was uplifted from the beach and transported to the Sanctuary and
upon arrival was put into isolation 2.
The pup was weighed and found to be underweight at 20 kilos, malnourished and dehydrated. The pup had routine blood taken and a course of antibiotics started. Being the end of December and most people being off work for the Christmas holidays, we knew it would be a week or more before anyone from the Sea Mammal Research Unit, who had fitted the tag would answer our email.
Just over a week later a reply came back and they provide us with information on where this pup had been travelling over the
last weeks since her release.
This pup was ready for release in late October 2009 actively swimming and feeding for herself, she was tagged and released on Bardsey Island, North West Wales, the tag monitors the GPS and data is received when the tag comes close to a telephone mast it tracks the seals movements but it can be several weeks between contacts.
Over her time in the wild she has been foraging over a wide area of the Irish Seal and Western Channel, it also shows that she hauled out at various sites from the north end of Anglesey down to Rosslaire in Eire, and the Isles of Scilly coming within 10-15 miles of the tip of Brittany, where she did not haul out but came back to Cornwall, and hauled out at Church Cove. While out in the wild she was diving normally for a grey seal between 100 and 120 metre depths.
Over her nine weeks in the wild, she had covered huge distances but at some point may have been unable to find food, which would give an explanation to her condition at rescue. This seal has provided vital information about grey seals that have undergone rehabilitation and then have been released back in to the wild. Click here to see a larger image of the map.
|Update: 20th January 2010 - SMRU, as she has been named, has now had her tagged removed by our vet and it will be sent back to the Sea Mammal Research Unit for data analysis. In our hospital she is feeding for herself and over the last few days has had water added to her pen, and over the course of the next couple of weeks will move to the nursery pools outside. SMRU's flipper tag number is 031 (light blue).|
Update: 28th February 2010 - This photo of SMRU was taken on 27th February 2010 in the convalescent pool. Click here to see further photos.
Update: 22nd March 2010 - SMRU along with Beedle and Hooch were released back
into the wild on 5th March 2010 at Gwithian.
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