Sabine was rescued on 16th October 2022

Sabine, a 6 weeks old female grey seal pup, was rescued on 16th October 2022 from Hemmick beach by members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) marine mammal medics.   The pup was found severely malnourished with an infected abscess on her left hock. She was very tiny for her age and weighing 12.5kg.

© Photo Credit : BDMLR
Sabine - Photo Credit : BDMLR
She was taken to one of the BDMLR´s holding facilities for initial treatment and care until a pen was made available for her at the Sanctuary´s hospital on 28th October 2022.

© Photo Credit : Cam Molland - BDMLR
Update - 1st November 2022 : Sabine´s wounds have healed and she is slowly gaining weight.   It will not be too long before she is moved outside to the nursery pools for her next stage of rehabilitation.
Her flipper tag ID number is SL155 (white).
Update - 11th November 2022 : Sabine has received expert care by the team and she has recently graduated down to the outside nursery pools!   She is definitely one of the favourite pups amongst guests and staff at the moment.     She loves hanging around the window in the underwater viewing and saying hi to those that pass!     The focus for Sabine now is to learn social skills as well as putting on the weight so she can be released back into the wild.
Update - 27th November 2022 : Sabine is currently in nursery pool 2 and still needs to put on some more weight to meet the ideal target release back into the wild weight of 30kg+.   Click here to see a larger version of these photos below which were taken on 25th November 2022.

Her flipper tag ID number is SL155 (white).
Update - 1st December 2022 : It is always a good day when the Animal Care Team return the rescued seal pups back into the wild where they belong, but at the same time it is a bit emotional saying goodbye after being with them for the past 2-3 months.

Sabine along with Chilli, Peri Peri, Splodge, Star Anise, Wedgie and Zimt were loaded in the Sanctuary´s trailer and drove them to Carbis Bay beach for the release on 30th November 2022.

Photos Credit - Denise Gent - British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR)
Seal Release - 30th November 2022 - Photo Credit - Denise Gent - BDMLRSeal Release - 30th November 2022 - Photo Credit - Denise Gent - BDMLR
Update - 8th May 2023 : Sabine was seen at haul-outs along the coast of Cornwall on 13th, 16th and 27th January 2023, 2nd February 2023, 6th March 2023 and 4th May 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.

Photo Credit - Sue Sayer MBE - CSGRT - 6th March 2023
Photo Credit - Sue Sayer MBE - 6th March 2023
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.