Strawberry Shortcake was rescued on 5th February 2019
Strawberry Shortcake, 12 weeks old female seal pup, was rescued on 5th February 2019 from Porthcurno beach by members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) Medics.

The pup was malnourished and was being disturbed by the public.

Update - 20th March 2019 : This photo of Strawberry Shortcake was taken on 19th March 2019 in the outside pool. Her flipper tag ID number is 360 (red).
Strawberry Shortcake
Strawberry Shortcake Update - 22nd April 2019 : Strawberry Shortcake is currently in the convalescent pool putting on lots of weight before she is returned back into the wild in the coming weeks. She currently weighs 27kgs.

Click here to see a larger version of this photo taken on 21st April 2019.
Update - 1st June 2019 : Strawberry Shortcake is now in the rehabilitation pool with two other rescued pups, Whitney Houston and A-Ha, these are ready to be returned to the wild.

She currently weighs 28kgs.

Click here to see a larger version of this and a further photo taken on 31st May 2019.
Strawberry Shortcake
Strawberry Shortcake Update - 1st July 2019 : Strawberry Shortcake just needs to put on a few more pounds before she is ready to be returned to the wild very soon.

Click here to see a larger version of this photo taken on 29th June 2019.
Update - 21st July 2019 : Strawberry Shortcake along with Joy Division, Rubik´s Cube, A-ha and Whitney Houston were released back into the wild on 17th July 2019 at Porthtowan beach. A-ha, Joy Division, Rubik Cube, Strawberry Shortcake and Whitney Houston
strawberry - 25th April 2020 Update - 10th April 2022 : Strawberry Shortcake has been spotted at haul outs along the coasts of Cornwall on 30th January 2020, 6th & 18th February 2020, 9th March 2020, 25th April 2020, 2nd, 4th & 16th May 2020, 3rd September 2020, 4th, 18th, 19th & 23rd November 2020, 31st December 2020, 1st, 11th & 17th January 2021, 15th February 2021, 1st March 2021, 16th & 30th December 2021, 1st & 11th January 2021, 31st January 2022 and 10th April 2022 by members of Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT).

© Photo credit: Sue Sayer - CSGRT - 25th April 2020
Members of the CSGRT volunteer 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.