Zac Efron was rescued on 21st November 2023

Zac Efron, an 8 weeks old handsome male melanistic (pure black) seal pup, was rescued on the 21st of November 2023 from Penhale by Lizzi, Julian and Goosesattva, volunteer marine mammals medics from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR).   The pup was found legathic, underweight and malnourished for his age with a wound above his eye.

Photo Credit : Lizzi Larbalestier - BDMLR
Photo credit - BDMLR - Lizzi Larbalestier
A decision was made to rescue the pup and take him to the BDMLR´s seal hospital in Cornwall for initial treatment and care until a pen was available for him at the Sanctuary´s hospital at Gweek on the 30th of November 2023.

Photo left: Zac in the BDMLR hospital - Photo right: being transferred to the Seal Sanctuary

Photo Credit : Kirk Russell - BDMLR
Photo credit - BDMLR Kirk RussellPhoto credit - BDMLR Kirk Russell
Melanism is caused when too much of the pigment melanin has been produced, and appears in seals by giving them black eyes, fur and nails.   It is difficult to say exactly how little melanism occurs in the seals in the sea. We have only seen melanism in grey seals, not in common seals (yet!).
Update - 17th December 2023 : Zac is doing really well, is off treatment and is now in the outside rehabilitation pool - just waiting to put on enough weight to be released back into the wild!

His flipper ID tag number is SL271 (yellow).
Zac Efron
Update - 5th January 2024 : Zac along with Morgan Freeman have now fully recovered and are at the perfect weight of 30+kg, ready to thrive back in the wild!   They were released on the 4th of January 2024 at Kennack Sands.

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