Empanada was rescued on 8th September 2020
Empanada, one week old female whitecoat seal pup, was rescued on 8th September 2020 from West Cornwall by members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) marine mammal medics and the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT).

Photo Credit - Sue Sayer - CSGRT
Empanada - Photo credit - Sue Sayer
Empanada - Photo credit - Sue Sayer Empanada had been being spotted without her mum and looked incredibly hungry as she had begun to approach other adult seals and suckle rocks.

After being monitored for 48 hours by the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust volunteers in the hope that her mum would return, and also receiving a few bites from other seals on the beach, the decision was made to lift Empanada to safety by BDMLR.

Photo Credit - Sue Sayer - CSGRT
Update - 12th September 2020 : When Empanada arrived at the seal hospital, she was given 24 hours of fluids to rehydrate her and is now being weaned onto fish which she loves! She makes a lot of noise when she´s hungry to let the team know, she is still well below birth weight but is gaining weight which is fantastic.

Because she is so small, Empanada is having a bit of trouble regulating her body temperature so you may see her during your visit under her heat lamp having a little snooze.
Empanada Update - 28th September 2020 : This photo of Empanada was taken on 24th September 2020 in hospital pen number 2. She is starting to moult. Currently weighs 13.5kgs.

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Update - 31st October 2020 : Empanada is now in the outside nursery pools with other rescued seal pups for her next stage of rehabilitation and to learn how to compete for fish during feeding time. Currently weighs 22kgs.

Her flipper ID tag number is SL103 (green).

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Seal Release - 27th November 2020 Update - 30th November 2020 : Empanada along with Honey, Liz and Cherub have completed their rehabilitation and were successfully released back to the sea on 27th November 2020!

The team took them to Dollar Cove, where all 4 pups went (almost) straight into the sea. A very smooth release, and now they can continue their lives, thriving in their natural habitat.
Update - 10th April 2021 : Empanada has been spotted at seal colonies along the coasts of Cornwall on 19th December 2020, 26th February 2021 and 3rd March 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.