SMRU's Journey
 
SMRU's Journey
SMRU was ready for release in late October 2009 actively swimming and feeding for herself, she was tagged and released on Bardsey Island (1), 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 SMRU 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 (2) to Rosslaire in Eire (3), and the Isles of Scilly (4) coming within 10-15 miles of the tip of Brittany (5), where she did not haul out but came back to Cornwall, and hauled out at Church Cove (6). While out in the wild she was diving normally for a grey seal between 100 and 120 metre depths.

Over SMRU's 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.

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