Hungry Caterpillar was rescued on 4th October 2019
Hungry Caterpillar, a female whitecoat seal pup, was rescued from a beach near Crackington Haven on 4th October 2019 by members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) Medics.

This pup was found with wounds to her body.

Caterpillar was taken to one of BDMLR´s holding facilities until a hospital pen became available on 9th October 2019 at Gweek.
Hungry Caterpillar - Photo taken on 11th October 2019
Hungry Caterpillar - Photo taken on 11th October 2019 This and above photos of Hungry Caterpillar were taken on 11th October 2019 in the isolation pen of the hospital.

She currently weighs 13.5kgs.

Click here to watch a short video of Hungry Caterpillar in the hospital.
Update - 31st October 2019 : Hungry Caterpillar is currently in the main hospital.

She will be moved outside to the pools in the next week or so for her next stage of rehabilitation and to learn how to compete for fish with other rescued seal pups.
Hungry Caterpillar
Hungry Caterpillar Update - 25th November 2019 : Hungry Caterpillar is in rehabilitation pool and currently weighs 21kgs. This pup is in nursery pool 1.

Her flipper tag ID number is SL109 (yellow).

This photo left was taken on 22nd November 2019, click here to see a larger version.
Update - 28th December 2019 : This photo of Hungry Caterpillar was taken on 28th December 2019 in rehabilitation pool, click here to see a larger version of this image.

She now weighs 33.5kgs and is ready to be returned back into the wild.
Hungry Caterpillar
Seal Release - 31st December 2019 Update - 1st January 2020 : Hungry Caterpillar was released back into the wild on 30th December 2019 at Dollar Cove along with Pippin, Lyra, Smegol, Pablo, Katniss and Noddy.
Click here to see a larger version of this photo of Hungry Caterpillar.

Click here to see a selection of photos taken at the release via our flickr account.
Seal Release - 31st December 2019
Update - 20th March 2022 : Hungry Caterpillar has been spotted at seal colonies along the coasts of Cornwall on 19th February 2020, 17th March 2020, 24th September 2020, 22nd October 2020, 25th November 2020, 19th & 30th December 2020, 24th March 2021, 7th & 24th April 2021, 5th, 10th, 12th & 22nd May 2021, 19th June 2021, 12th & 29th July 2021, 14th, 15th, 16th, 18th, 22nd, 28th & 29th August 2021, 1st & 4th September 2021, 3rd, 6th, 22nd, 23rd, 27th & 31st October 2021, 11th, 14th, 16th, 18th, 23rd, 24th & 30th November 2021, 5th December 2021, 28th January 2022, 19th February 2022, 9th, 18th & 20th March 2022 by 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.