Basil was rescued on 24th December 2020
Basil, a male grey seal pup, was rescued during Christmas Eve from Porthmeor beach in St Ives by marine mammal medics, Alison and Paul, from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR).

He was found malnourished and had an upset stomach so the decision was made to rescue him and get him on some treatment to get his weight up and get him feeling much brighter.

Photo Credit : Alison Davey - BDMLR
Basil - Photo credit - Alison Davey
Basil Update - 11th January 2021 : The pup was taken to one of the BDMLR´s holding facilities and stayed there until a pen became available at the Sanctuary´s seal hospital.

Basil is now at the Sanctuary and recovering well. As you can see, he is still quite small but the Animal Care team will give him the care and treatment to build up his strength and weight so he´s nice and big ahead of his release back into the wild!
Basil was sponsored by Charlotte who chose his wonderful name and kindly donated towards his care.

Update - 27th January 2021 : Basil is now in the outside nursery pools for his next stage of rehabilitation and to learn how to compete for fish during feeding time. He currently weighs 21kgs.

His flipper tag ID number is SL130 (green).
Seal Release - 1st March 2021 Update : 2nd March 2021 - Basil, along with Chips, Poppadom, Sushi and Pilchard have completed their rehabilitation and the time came for them to be released from Dollar Cove on 1st March 2021.

Click here to watch a short video of the seal release.
Update - 5th April 2024 : Basil was spotted in the wild on 17th February 2022 in South Devon.

© Photo Credit : Duncan Kenny - 17th February 2022 - The Seal Project
Basil - Photo Credit - Duncan  Kenny
19th November 2022, 29th December 2022, 2nd January 2023, 4th January 2023 and 5th March 2023.

© Photo Credit : Sarah Greenslade - 19th November 2022 - The Seal Project
Basil - Photo Credit - Sarah Greenslade
1st May 2023, 16th December 2023, 26th January 2024, 3rd March 2024, 6th March 2024, 9th March 2024 and 5th April 2024 by members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) and The Seal Project volunteers who spend hundreds of hours of their own time to photo, identify and watch over the seals around the South West coasts of England.

Photo Credit - James Savage - 1st May 2023 - CSGRT
Photo Credit - James Savage - 1st May 2023
Each seal´s fur pattern is unique and enables the Seal Research Trust volunteers to 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.