Merlin was rescued on 3rd October 2016
Merlin, female grey seal pup, was rescued on 3rd October 2016 at Tintagel by members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) team.

She had superficial wounds to her flippers and head, an upper respiratory infection and a previous corneal ulcer which had leaked into her left eye.

Update - 28th October 2016 : Merlin was prescribed a course of antibiotics which cleared up her respiratory infection and eye drops for her eye.

Unfortunately after a week members of the Animal Care Team noticed Merlin´s eye began to swell and became increasingly uncomfortable for her.
Merlin She was given more antibiotics and painkillers and on 26th October 2016 was taken in to Head & Head veterinary practice where Paul Riley, the local vet from Head & Head in Helston, performed an operation to remove the eye.

Merlin is now recovering from this operation and will hopefully be in less discomfort, and the Animal Care Team hope moving forward she will start to eat fish for herself.
Update - 20th November 2016 : Merlin was moved down to the outside nursery pool on 3rd November 2016 and now shares this with another rescued seal pup named Sheep.

Merlin´s flipper tag number is 305 (white).

Click here to see a larger version of this and a further photo taken on 19th November 2016.
Merlin Update - 1st January 2017 : Merlin is currently in nursery pool. Click here to see a larger version of this and a further photo taken on 28th December 2016.

Update - 1st March 2017 : Merlin has completed her rehabilitation and will be released back to the wild very soon once the weather has improved.
Update - 31st March 2017 : Merlin along with Polar Bear, Penguin, Panda and Arctic Fox were all released back to the wild at Porthtowan Beach on 24th March 2017.

Click here to see a selection of photos taken of the release.
Seal Release - 24th March 2017