Sapphire was rescued on 4th December 2021
Sapphire, a male grey seal pup, was rescued from Newquay harbour on 4th December 2021 by Grace, a member of the Animal Care Team and members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) marine mammal medics.

He was found with respiratory breathing problems.
Sapphire Update - 28th December 2021 : Sapphire is now doing well in the outside nursery pool 4. He currently weighs 18kgs.

This and above photos were taken on 28th December 2021, Click here to see a larger versions of these.

His flipper tag ID number is SL121 (white).
Update : 30th January 2022 - Sapphire along with Sponge and Coraline have completed their rehabilitation at the Seal Sanctuary and were released back into the wild on 26th January 2022.

The target weight is 30kg, so when the pups have reached this weight, are feeding and competing well with each other and are happy, plump and healthy, the Seal Sanctuary releases them back to the wild! All of the pups are tagged on their rear flippers, so if you ever see a seal with a little coloured tag, give the Sanctuary a call!
Seal release - 26th January 2022
Sapphire - Photo Credit - Sue Sayer - 29th March 2022 Update - 28th March 2022 : Sapphire was seen at a haul out site on 3rd February 2022, 3rd March 2022, 17th March 2022, 21st March 2022 and 29th March 2022 along the coast of Cornwall by members of the Seal Research Trust (SRT).

Photo Credit - Sue Sayer - SRT - 29th March 2022
Members of the SRT volunteer hundreds of hours of their own time to photo, identify, carry out surveys, monitor and watch over the seals around the South West coasts.

Each seal´s fur pattern is unique and enables the Seal Research Trust volunteers to 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.