Platypus was rescued on 4th October 2016
Platypus, male grey seal pup, was rescued on 4th October 2016 from Lushingtons near Porthtowan, by members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) team.

He was separated from his mum at 4 days old, weighing 17kgs, and was suckling on rocks, causing a small suckling graze on his chin.
Platypus
Platypus Update - 27th October 2016 : Platypus was treated with a course of antibiotics and is now eating for himself and gaining weight well. He is now in the outside nursery pool.
Update - 20th November 2016 : Platypus is in the convalescent pool for his final stage of rehabilitation and to learn how to compete for fish during feeding time with the other rescued seal pups and resident seals.

Platypus´s flipper tag number is 307 (white).

Click here to see a larger version of this photo was taken on 19th November 2016.
Platypus
Platypus Update - 1st January 2017 : Platypus has completed his final stage of rehabilitation and will be returned to the wild in the next month.

Click here to see a larger version of this and a further photo were taken on 28th December 2016 in the convalescent pool.
Update - 7th January 2017 : Platypus along with Giraffe, Honey Badger, Panther, Grizzly Bear and Tiger were returned to the wild at Gwithian on 6th January 2017.


Photo right was taken by Grace Jones
Seal Release - 6th January 2017
Platypus Update - 1st January 2017 : Platypus has completed his final stage of rehabilitation and will be returned to the wild in the next month.

Click here to see a larger version of this and a further photo were taken on 28th December 2016 in the convalescent pool.
Update - 18th January 2021 : Platypus was seen at haul-outs along the coastline of Cornwall on 17th December 2018, 7th November 2019, 30th December 2019, 30th January 2020, 7th February 2020, 10th December 2020 and 11th & 18th January 2021.

Photo Credit : Sue Sayer - Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust - 17th December 2018.
Platypus - photo taken by Sue Sayer of the Cornwall Seal Group Rsearch Trust
Members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (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.


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