Whist was rescued on 6th October 2015
The Friends of Portheras Cove were doing their morning´s litter-pick on the 6th October 2015 when it turned into a seal rescue operation when a little pup was found trying to stay clear of the rising tide in the cove.

The pup was monitored for 3 hours by the volunteers and the rescue team of Emma, Lesley and Dave, members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), but there was no sign of mum returning.

Photo credit: The Friends of Portheras Cove
Credit Photo - The Friends of Portheras Cove
Whist Whist, a 4 weeks old female pup, was transported to the Seal Sanctuary by Lesley and Dave Jarvis.

Upon arrival at the seal hospital, members of the Animal Care Team carried out a full assessment of the pup and found to have a very large abscess on her right shoulder and had a high temperature. The local vet treated and prescribed Whist a course of antibiotics and inflammatories.
Update - 20th October 2015 : Whist is now off her medication and is recovering really well, and the Animal Care Team says this pup is very feisty!

Update - 25th October 2015 : Whist is currently in the hospital´s pen number 1, she weighs 14kgs. This photo was taken on 23rd October 2015.

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Whist´s flipper tag number is 54 (blue).
Whist Update - 30th November 2015 : Whist is currently in the convalescent pool for her final stage of rehabilitation and putting on lots of weight before she is released back to the wild in the next month or so.

Update - 1st January 2016 : This photo of Whist in the convalescent pool was taken on 27th December 2015.

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Update - 27th March 2015 : Whist along with Bingo, One Eye Jack and Battleship were released back into the wild on 23rd March 2016 at Gwithian.

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Photo right by © Daniel Murphy
Seal Release - 23rd March 2016
Update - 14th January 2024 : Whist was seen at haul-outs along the coast of Cornwall on 30th April 2016, 2nd May 2016, 9th January 2017, 17th, 20th & 23rd February 2017, 6th & 17th April 2017, 5th June 2017, 6th & 13th November 2017, 11th & 29th January 2018, 26th March 2018, 9th April 2018, 16th & 23rd August 2018, 13th September 2018, 28th & 30th March 2019,

© Photo credit : Sue Sayer of Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) on 30th April 2016.
5th & 15th April 2019, 22nd June 2019, 3rd, 16th, 17th, 21st & 31st July 2019, 4th & 20th January 2020, 13th, 30th & 31st May 2020, 12th July 2020 and 23rd & 24th July 2020, 20th August 2020, 26th October 2020, 28th November 2020, 1st December 2020, 4th March 2021, 13th & 25th April 2021, 27th May 2021, 26th February 2022, 14th March 2022, 3rd April 2022, 7th May 2022, 2nd July 2022, 14th & 20th October 2022, 8th January 2023, 11th February 2023, 19th July 2023 and 3rd & 14th January 2024 by members of the CSGRT.

© Photo credit : Dan Streeter - 12th July 2020
Whist - 12th July 2020 - photo by Dan Streeter
Members of the CSGRT volunteer hundreds of hours of their own time to photo, identify, carry out surveys, monitor and watch over the seals around the Cornish coast.

Each seal´s fur pattern is unique and enables the CSGRT volunteers track them for life. Seals face many challenges, yet we all depend on them to balance our marine ecosystem, this is essential to make the oxygen we breathe. Seals are our globally rare wildlife tourist attraction, helping diversify coastal economic prosperity.