Tony Jalapeño was rescued on 8th November 2022

Tony Jalapeño, a 6 weeks old male grey seal pup, was rescued from Portreath by members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) marine mammal medics. The pup was found very quiet, malnourished and underweight at 17kg with a nasty mouth infection.

He was taken to the BDMLR´s seal hospital for initial treatment and care until a pen was made available for him at the Sanctuary´s hospital on 17th November 2022.

Photo Credit : Dan Jarvis - BDMLR
Tony Jalapeno - Photo Credit - BDMLR
Update - 27th November 2022 : Tony Jalapeño is currently in the hospital, as soon as he has completed the course of antiobiotics, he will be moved to the outside nursery pools for the next stage of rehabilitation soon.   This and above photos were taken on 25th November 2022 hospital pen number 2.   His flipper tag ID number is SL159 (white).
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Update - 1st January 2023 : Now that Tony Jalapeño is in the rehabilitation pool, this means he is now at the perfect weight to be ready to thrive in the wild.   It will not be too long before he is released back to the wild, weather permitting.   These photos below were taken on 29th December 2022.
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Update - 15th January 2023 : 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.   Tony Jalapeño along with Barles, Mac ´n´ Cheese, Wasabi and Nagi were released back into the wild on 13th January 2023 at Kennack Sands.

Photos Credit below : Lizzi Larbalestier - BDMLR
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Update - 6th March 2024 : Tony Jalapeño was seen at haul-outs along the south coast of Cornwall on 15th April 2023 and 6th March 2024 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.

Photos Credit - Kerstin Hartmann - CSGRT - 16th April 2023
Tony Jalapeno - Photo Credit : Kerstin Hartmann
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.