Horseradish was rescued on 4th February 2023

Horseradish, a male grey seal pup, was rescued on the 4th of February 2023 from Porthgwarra by members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) marine mammal medics.

He was found tired with wounds to his body, dehydrated and had a high temperature.

The pup was taken to the BDMLR´s seal hospital for initial treatment and care until a pen was made available for him at the Sanctuary´s hospital at Gweek on 9th February 2023.

Photos Credit : BDMLR
Update - 19th February 2023 : Horseradish is currently in the hospital, he has a swollen front right flipper caused by an abscess. The Sanctuary´s vet has prescribed a course of antibiotics.
Update - 25th February 2023 : Horseradish is in the outside nursery pool 3 for his next stage of rehabilitation.   He is learning to swim and to compete for fish during feeding time. He currently weighs 21.4kg, once Horseradish has put on a bit more weight, he will be released back into the wild.

Flipper tag ID number is SL183 (white).

Click here to see larger version of these photos below which were taken on 25th February 2023.
Update - 6th April 2023 : Horseradish along with Ginger, Sea Salt, Peppercorn, Kuri, Poppy Seed and Dill have completed their rehabilitation at the Seal Sanctuary and were released back into the wild on the 3rd of April 2023 at Kennack Sands.   Click here to watch a short video of the release.  Click here to see a selection of photos.
© Photo (right) Credit : Chris Webber (Freelance Photographer) British Divers Marine Life Rescue Medic
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Update - 7th February 2024 : Horseradish has been spotted at haul outs along the coasts of Cornwall on 4th & 8th August 2023, 6th, 12th & 15th January 2024 and 2nd & 7th February 2024 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.