Ringed Seal recovering at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary

Ringed Seal "Muddy" was initially rescued in Plymouth after the National Marine Aquarium were alerted by a member of the public.

The Aquarium´s husbandry team monitored the pup from a distance and then contacted the Cornish Seal Sanctuary and the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) for assistance.
Ringed Seal photo supplied by CSS
Ringed Seal photo supplied by CSS The pup was transported to the Sanctuary by the BDMLR on Saturday 3rd September 2016.

After a successful journey, it was found that the pup had superficial wounds on her tail, flippers and bottom jaw, and was suffering from tapeworm.

The pup was identified as a female, and named "Muddy" as she arrived at the Sanctuary covered in mud.
Initially, when rescued, it was thought that "Muddy" was a Common Seal, but staff at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary have seeked advice from Arctic marine mammal experts believing that Muddy is in fact a Ringed Seal, which is even more unusual for the area!

If true, this is the first time the Sanctuary has ever had a Ringed Seal in their care, as the Ringed Seal is most commonly found in the Arctic.

Claire Fraser, Animal Care Team Supervisor said "Muddy is extremely lucky to not have more major injuries as she would have had to have travelled through a busy shipping lane to get to where she was found"

"We are all hoping for the best for Muddy! It is still very early days, she is currently in quarantine and we are monitoring her closely. She is very huffy and feeding on whole fish for herself which is a positive sign." Claire said.

Press Release issued by the Cornish Seal Sanctuary
For more details, please contact Georgina Shannon on 01326 221361
Issue Date: 12th September 2016