Wasabi was rescued on 16th October 2022

Wasabi, a 5 weeks old male grey seal pup, was rescued on 16th October 2022 from Swansea by members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) marine mammal medics.   The pup was found severely malnourished with numerous infected bite wounds to his flippers.

Wasabi was rescued from Swansea in South Wales. The Sanctuary was the closest rehab centre that was currently taking in pups, so he made the journey down to Cornwall.

First he was taken to one of the BDMLR´s holding facilities for initial treatment and care until a pen was made available for him at the Sanctuary´s hospital on 22nd October 2022.

© Photos Credit : Cam Molland - BDMLR
Wasabi - Photo Credit : Cam Molland - BDMLRWasabi - Photo Credit : Cam Molland - BDMLR
Update - 24th October 2022 : It will not be too long before Wasabi is moved down to the outside nursery pools for his next stage of rehabilitation and to learn how to compete for fish with other seal pups during feeding time. He currently weighs 17kg.   His flipper tag ID number is SL154 (white).

These photos below were taken on the 23rd of October 2022 in the hospital pen number 1
Update - 20th November 2022 : Wasabi was suffering from a very infected left rear flipper. He was given antibiotics to aid him in a speedy recovery, but it was soon clear it wasn´t getting any better.   An X-ray results confirmed that Wasabi was suffering from a fractured joint so the team made the decision to amputate his rear flipper.   Wasabi is recovering well from his operation, and it has already started healing. He is eating well and even started eating his fish whole which is a fantastic sign and good progress for this little pup.
Update - 27th November 2022 : Wasabi is improving every day in hospital pen number 1, it will not be too long before he is moved to the outside nursery pools. He currently weighs 23.5kg.

These photos below were taken on the 25th of November 2022 in the hospital pen number 1.
Update - 12th December 2022 : After having his flipper amputated, Wasabi is now eating really well and has moved out to the outside nursery pools. He loves playing in the underwater window and the animal care team say he´s managing really well with just the one flipper!   While he still needs to put on some more weight, the animal care team hopeful to introduce him to another pup this coming week.
Update - 1st January 2023 : Now that Wasabi 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 the 29th of December 2022.
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. Wasabi along with Mac ´n´ Cheese, Tony Jalapeño, Barles and Nagi were released back into the wild on 13th January 2023 at Kennack Sands.

Photos Credit : Lizzi Larbalestier - BDMLR
Seal Release - 13th January 2023 - Photo Credit : Lizzi LarbalestierSeal Release - 13th January 2023 - Photo Credit : Lizzi Larbalestier

Update - 16th April 2023 : Wasabi was seen at a haul-out along the south coast of Cornwall on 15th April 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.

Photos Credit - Kerstin Hartmann - CSGRT - 16th April 2023
Wasabi - Photo Credit : Kerstin HartmannWasabi - 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.