Muddy was rescued on 3rd September 2016

This Ringed Seal was initially rescued in Plymouth harbour after the National Marine Aquarium were alerted by a member of the public.

The Aquarium´s husbandry team monitored the pup from a distance and then contacted the Cornish Seal Sanctuary and the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) for assistance.

The pup was transported to the Sanctuary by members of the BDMLR on Saturday 3rd September 2016.
Ringed Seal photo supplied by CSS
After a successful journey, it was found that the pup had superficial wounds on her tail, flippers and bottom jaw, and was suffering from tapeworm. The pup was identified as a female, and named "Muddy" as she arrived at the Sanctuary´s hospital covered in mud.

Initially, when rescued, it was thought that "Muddy" was a Common Seal, but Sanctuary´s staff have seeked advice from Arctic marine mammal experts believing that Muddy is in fact a Ringed Seal, which is even more unusual for the area!
Ringed Seal photo supplied by CSS If true, this is the first time the Sanctuary has ever had a Ringed Seal in their care, as the Ringed Seal is most commonly found in the Arctic. Muddy is extremely lucky to not have more major injuries as she would have had to have travelled through a busy shipping lane to get to where she was found.

Update - 13th September 2016 : It is still very early days, Muddy is currently in quarantine and the Animal Care Team are monitoring her closely. She is very huffy and feeding on whole fish for herself which is a positive sign.
Update - 2nd October 2016 : Muddy is now the outside rehabiliation pool. The Animal Care Team still cannot understand why this approximately year old Ringed Seal who had gone through her first moult ended up along the coast in the West Country. The question is are there other Ringed Seal in the area?

This photo of Muddy was taken on 30th September 2016, Click here to see a larger version of this and further photos.
Muddy Update - 20th November 2016 : This photo of Muddy was taken on 18th November 2016, Click here to see a larger version of this and a further photo.

Update - 26th November 2016 : The Animal Care Team and Sanctuary staff are shocked and deeply saddened at Muddy´s death during the night of 23rd/24th November 2016.     Click here to read the full story.