Barles was rescued on 17th October 2022

Barles, a 6 weeks old male grey seal pup, was rescued on 17th October 2022 from Polly Joke beach by members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) marine mammal medics.

He was rescued due to respiratory infection and superficial wounds. He was small for his age and weighing 11.6kg.

© Photo Credit : BDMLR
Barles - Photo Credit : BDMLR
Barles - Photo Credit :  BDMLR He was taken to one of the BDMLR´s holding facilities for initial treatment and care until a pen was made available for her at the Sanctuary´s hospital on 1st November 2022.

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Update - 6th November 2022 : Barles´s wounds have healed and he is slowly gaining weight and now at 20kg.

It will not be too long before he is moved outside to the nursery pools for his next stage of rehabilitation.
Barles Update - 27th November 2022 : Barles is now in nursery pool 2. This means he is on the road to recovery and ready to now mix with other seal pups, as well have a deeper pool to swim in. Pups in the nursery pools will be learning how to behave in the wild, interacting with other seals and also competing for their fish, which are all vital skills they will need when they are released back out into the wild.
Barles now weighs 21.5kg.

His flipper tag ID number is SL156 (white).

Click here to see a larger version of this photo and further ones which were taken on 25th November 2022.
Barles Update - 1st January 2023 : Now that Barles is in the rehabilitation pool, this means his wounds have healed nicely and he is now at the perfect weight to be ready to thrive in the wild. It will not be too long before he is released back to the wild, weather permitting.

Click here to see a larger version of this photo of Barles which was taken on 29th December 2022.
Update - 15th January 2023 : It is always a good day when the Animal Care Team return the rescued seal pups back into the wild where they belong, but at the same time it is a bit emotional saying goodbye after being with them for the past 2-3 months.

Barles along with Mac ´n´ Cheese, Tony Jalapeño, Wasabi and Nagi were released back into the wild on 13th January 2023 at Kennack Sands.

Photo Credit : Lizzi Larbalestier - BDMLR
Seal Release - 13th January 2023 - Photo Credit : Lizzi Larbalestier