Camembert was rescued on 15th November 2020
Camembert, 5-6 weeks old male grey seal pup, was rescued on 15th November 2020 from Mawgan Porth beach in Newquay by members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) marine mammal medics.

He was taken to one of the BDMLR´s holding facilities until a pen was made available for him at Gweek´s seal hospital on 1st December 2020. He was very lethargic and weak, which required him to be closely monitored.

Photo Credit : Lizzi Larbalestier (BDMLR)
Camembert - 2020 - Photo credit: Lizzi Larbalestier - BDMLR
Camembert - 2020 - Photo credit: Lizzi Larbalestier - BDMLR The medics couldn´t understand why he wasn´t improving after being prescribed medical treatment, when after a couple of days he regurgitated a large amount of feathers! Seals don´t eat birds, so the vet was very concerned that the feathers could cause damage internally.

However, after the smelly gift, he was feeling much better and started eating for himself.

Photo Credit : Lizzi Larbalestier (BDMLR)
Update : 5th December 2020 - Camembert is still on treatment for an infection to his rear flipper, but hopefully the salt water will help with the healing. He currently weighs 25.5kgs.

Click here to see a larger version of this and a further photo taken on 4th December 2020.

Update : 19th December 2020 - Camembert is now in the outside nursery pools with other rescued seal pups learning how to compete for fish during feeding time.

His flipper tag ID number SL118 (green).
Camembert - 4th December 2020
Seal Release - 1st January 2021 Update : 2nd January 2021 - An amazing way to start the first day of the year - releasing of five seal pups back into the sea during the morning of 1st January 2021!

Camembert along with Eliza, Hetty, Truffle and Taffy have completed their rehabilitation and the time came for them to be released from Dollar Cove.

Click here to watch the video of the release.
Update - 1st November 2021 : Camembert has been spotted at a seal colony along the coast of Cornwall on 25th January 2021 and 21st October 2021 by members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT).

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.