Kelpie was rescued on 4th December 2022

Kelpie, a 12 weeks old female grey seal pup, was rescued on the 4th of December 2022 from St Ives Bay by members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) marine mammal medics.  

The pup was taken to the BDMLR´s seal hospital for initial treatment and care until a pen was made available for her at the Sanctuary´s hospital at Gweek on 16th December 2022.

Photo Credit : BDMLR
Kelpie - Photo credit - BDMLR
Kelpie Kelpie was found malnourished with a nasty wound near to her rear flipper, possibly caused by an adult seal.

Update - 19th December 2022 : Kelpie is doing well in the hospital´s pen and getting used to being in water for a little while each day. When she has put on a little bit more weight, Kelpie will be moved to the outside nursery pools for her next stage of rehabilitation.
Update - 1st January 2023 : Kelpie has been moved to the outside nursery pools for her next stage of rehabilitation and to learn how to compete for fish during feeding time.

Click here to see a larger version of this photo of Kelpie which was taken on 29th December 2022.

Her flipper tag number is SL164 (white).
Kelpie
Kelpie Update - 22nd January 2023 : Kelpie is now in the rehabilitation pool waiting to be released back into the wild soon weather permitting.

Click here to see a larger version of this photo of Kelpie which was taken on 21st January 2023.
Update - 4th February 2023 : Kelpie has now fully recovered and was released back into the wild on 27th January 2023 at Church Cove.

Update - 3rd December 2023 : Kelpie was seen at a haul-out along the west coast of Cornwall on 3rd December 2023 by members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) volunteers who spend hundreds of hours of their own time to photo, identify 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.


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