Beast was rescued on 16th January 2015
Beast, four months old male grey seal pup, was rescued from the beach at Porthgwidden in St Ives on 16th January 2015 at 6.30am in the morning by Tim Bain and Dave & Lesley Jarvis, members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) team.

Click here to watch the rescue of this pup filmed by Tim Bain.
Beast - photo by Sue Sayer
Beast - photo by Sue Sayer Tim Bain had spotted the seal the night before on Bamaluz beach (St Ives) hauled out, he was pleased that the seal was on Porthgwidden beach, this time Tim with the help of Dave and Lesley managed to capture it.

The pup was entangled in the net which had cut in quite deeply and showing signs of infection around the neck.

© Photos above and left of Beast are courtesy of Sue Sayer of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust.
Update - 23rd January 2015 : Beast now weighs 27.5kgs, he is currently in the hospital and having a swim every day and is looking great. He is eating fish for himself. In the next few days this pup will hopefully be moved down in the outside nursery pools for his next stage of rehabilitation. Nearly forgot to mention, Beast is quite feisty and very vocal. Beast´s flipper tag number is 075 (yellow).
Update - 17th March 2015 : Beast was released back into the wild along with Spongebobby, Hong Kong Phooey and Iron Man on 12th March 2015.

Click here to watch a short video package of the seal release by BBC Spotlight South West Country TV.

Click here to read Sue Sayer of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust´s press release, who will monitor this seal´s progress back on the wild.
Seal Release - 12th March 2015
Beast - photo by Sue Sayer of the Cornish Seal Group Update - 21st March 2024 : Beast has been spotted at haul-outs along the coast of Cornwall by members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust on 28th March 2015 (he was with two other rescued seals Daffy and Wonder Woman), 29th June 2015, 16th & 27th July 2015, 19th, 24th & 28th September 2015, 8th, 22nd & 26th October 2015, 16th November 2015, 11th February 2016, 15th & 18th April 2016,

Click here to see a larger photo (left) of Beast taken by Sue Sayer on 28th March 2015.
28th September 2017, 9th, 13th & 20th November 2017, 14th & 28th December 2017, 1st, 4th & 22nd January 2018, 8th, 15th, 19th & 26th March 2018, 9th April 2018, 10th May 2018, 6th September 2018, 9th, 11th, 17th, 18th & 30th October 2018, 12th November 2018, 17th & 24th December 2018,

This photo was taken by Sue Sayer on 28th December 2017.
Beast - photo by Sue Sayer of the Cornish Seal Group
Beast - photo by Sue Sayer of the Cornish Seal Group 2nd, 3rd, 10th & 17th January 2019, 4th, 7th, 14th, 18th & 26th February 2019, 2nd, 4th, 7th, 11th, 18th, 25th & 30th March 2019, 5th & 7th April 2019, 26th September 2019 and 24th & 31st October 2019, 2nd, 5th, 9th, 16th & 30th December 2019, 6th, 9th, 10th, 23rd, 24th, 27th & 30th January 2020, 3rd & 6th February 2020, 8th, 13th, 19th, 23rd & 26th March 2020, 28th September 2020, 9th & 29th October 2020, 5th, 16th & 26th November 2020,

This photo was taken by Sue Sayer on 26th February 2019.
1st, 7th, 14th, 17th, 19th & 31st December 2020, 11th, 25th & 27th January 2021, 1st, 17th & 21st February 2021, 5th & 25th March 2021, 15th & 17th November 2021, 2nd, 7th & 23rd December 2021, 7th, 14th, 16th, 17th, 23rd & 31st January 2022, 3rd February 2022, 3rd, 13th, 19th & 27th January 2023, 7th December 2023 and 21st March 2024.
*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.