Goonies was rescued on 24th November 2018
Goonies, 5 weeks old male seal pup, was rescued on 24th November 2018 from Holywell Bay beach, Newquay by Natalie, Catherine, Katy and Dave, members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) Medics.

Natalie said "the pup had tucked herself away but was still drawing attention from the public and their canine friends. Only 14.5kgs, snotty and a few minor wounds on hind flippers. She had the characteristic graze wound on her chin but it was quite a nasty one and certainly looked very sore."
Goonies Natalie transported the seal pup to Gweek where she was met in the hospital´s car park by Tamara and Elliot.

Click here to see a selection of this photo of the pup arriving at the hospital.

Click here to watch a short video.
Update - 31st December 2018 : Goonies is in his final stage of rehabilitation and will be returned to the wild in the next month or so.

Click here to see a larger version of this photo taken on 30th December 2018 in the convalescent pool.

Goonies´s flipper tag ID number is 326 (red).
Seal Release Update - 14th February 2019 : Goonies was released back into the wild at Porthtowan on 12th February 2019 along with Morrissey, Walkman, Mullet, Mr T, The Shining and Indiana Jones.

Photo Credit: Lizzi Larbalestier (BDMLR)
Update - 2nd February 2023 : Goonies has been spotted at seal colonies along the coasts of Cornwall on 9th January 2020, 13th February 2020, 4th November 2020, 6th December 2020, 25th January 2021, 22nd March 2021, 7th & 29th September 2021, 23rd November 2022, 12th December 2022 and 2nd February 2023 by members of Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT)

Photo Credit: Sue Sayer - CSGRT - 9th January 2020
Members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (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.