The Shining was rescued on 2nd December 2018
The Shining, 8 weeks old male seal pup, was rescued on 2nd December 2018 from Portreath beach by members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) Medics.

This pup was found with an ulcer in his right eye, wounds to all flippers and deep wounds around his tail.

Photo Credit - Asa Samuel
The Shining - Photo Credit - Asa Samuel

The Shining Update - 29th December 2018 : The Shining is now in the nursery pool for his next stage of rehabilitation and to learn how to compete for fish with other seals.

This photo left and a further one were taken on 28th December 2018.

The Shining´s flipper tag ID number is 331 (red).
Update - 14th February 2019 : The Shining was released back into the wild at Porthtowan on 12th February 2019 along with Morrissey, Goonies, Mullet, Mr T, Walkman and Indiana Jones.

© Photo Credit: Lizzi Larbalestier (BDMLR)
Seal Release
The Shining - 14th April 2020 Update - 21st December 2023 : The Shining has been spotted at a seal colony along the coasts of Cornwall on 30th January 2020, 5th & 23rd March 2020, 14th, 18th & 25th April 2020, 13th & 19th May 2020, 14th, 17th & 31st December 2020, 1st, 11th & 25th January 2021, 15th February 2021,

© Photo credit: Sue Sayer - Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) on 14th April 2020
8th March 2021, 27th April 2021, 3rd, 9th & 10th May 2021, 24th August 2021, 20th September 2021, 25th September 2021, 25th October 2021, 1st, 8th, 18th & 22nd November 2021, 16th December 2021, 1st, 5th 6th, 10th, 22nd, 23rd & 31st January 2022, 3rd March 2022, 26th May 2022, 6th, 18th, 20th & 27th October 2022, 3rd April 2023, 15th June 2023 and 21st December 2023 by members of CSGRT.

© Photo credit: Sue Sayer - CSGRT on 25th October 2021
The Shining - 25th October 2021
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.