Pippin was rescued on 28th October 2019
Pippin, 8 weeks old female grey seal pup, was rescued on 28th October 2019 from Tintagel beach by Lucius and Michelle, members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) Medics.

This pup was being pestered by public and having selfies taken. It was swimming and trying to hide away from the crowds in a rock pool. While the BDMLR Medics assessed the situation he was still blowing bubbles hoping his rescuers wouldn´t see him.
Pippin - Photo credit - Michelle Robinson Clement
Pippin - Photo credit - Michelle Robinson Clement Poor Lucius got the short straw of stripping down to his shorts and climbing in to the rock pool to gently herd him onto the sand so the pup could be uplifted and assessed and get him off the very busy beach.

Unfortunately despite a good weight and temperature the pup had infected back flippers and swollen front flipper joints, very pale gums and a mouth that also smelt infected.

Photos Credit (above & left): Michelle Robinson Clement (BDMLR)
Pippin was taken to one of BDMLR´s holding facilities until a hospital pen became available on 4th November 2019 at Gweek.

Update - 7th November 2019 : Pippin is currently in the hospital, in the next week or so, she will be moved down to the nursery pools for her next stage of rehabilitation.
Pippin in the hospital
Pippin in the nursery pool 4 Update - 25th November 2019 : Pippin has been moved down to the outside nursery pool number 4 to learn how to compete for fish with another seal pup. She currently weighs 28kgs.

Her flipper ID tag number is SL113 (yellow).

This photo left of Pippin was taken on 22nd November 2019, click here to see a larger version of this image.
Update - 29th December 2019 : This photo of Pippin was taken on 28th December 2019 in the rehabilitation pool, click here to see a larger version of this image.

She weighs 37.5kgs.
Pippin in the rehab pool
Seal Release - 31st December 2019 Update - 1st January 2020 : Pippin was released back into the wild on 30th December 2019 at Dollar Cove along with Hungry Caterpillar, Lyra, Smegol, Pablo, Katniss and Noddy.
Pippin was the second seal out of the trailer.   Click here to see a larger version of this image.

Click here to see a selection of photos taken at the release via our flickr account.
Seal Release - 31st December 2019
Update - 6th March 2024 : Pippin has been spotted at seal colonies along the coasts of Cornwall on 17th & 19th February 2020, 8th March 2020, 6th April 2020, 12th December 2020, 18th January 2021, 6th, 10th, 14th & 21st February 2021, 5th March 2021, 20th June 2021, 1st, 4th & 20th September 2021, 15th January 2022, 16th & 18th March 2022, 15th April 2022, 10th August 2022, 12th, 22nd & 28th October 2022,

© Photo credit: Sue Sayer - CSGRT - 6th April 2020
Pippin - 6th April 2020
6th November 2022 & 10th November 2022, 16th December 2022, 21st, 22nd, 26th, 28th & 30th January 2023, 4th, 7th & 10th February 2023, 15th & 26th April 2023, 11th, 17th & 22nd November 2023, 16th, 24th & 26th December 2023, 29th January 2024 and 6th March 2024 by members of Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT).

© Photo credit: Kerstin Hartmann - CSGRT - 6th November 2022 - (Pippin is the seal on the left)
Pippin - 6th November 2022 - Photo Credit - Kerstin Hartmann
Members of the CSGRT volunteer spend 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.