Orion was rescued on 26th October 2013
Gender : Male

Location of Rescue : Hawker´s Cove near Padstow

Age at Rescue : 6 weeks old

Weight at Rescue : 25kgs

Reason for rescue : Open wounds to the rear flippers and left hand side of body.

Photo Credit : Sue Sayer - Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT)
The seal pup was taken to the British Divers Marine Life Rescue´s (BDMLR) temporary seal holding facility until a pen was available at Gweek. The pup has been named Orion.

Update - 16th November 2013 : Orion was moved to Gweek on 30th October 2013. His wounds have healed well and he is now in a nursery pool learning how to feed for himself.
Orion Update - 22nd November 2013 : Orion is now in the convalescent pool with the resident seals and rescued pups, Aurora, Eclipse, Mars, Nasa, Moon, Galaxy and Milkyway.

Update - 2nd December 2013 : This photo (left) of Orion was taken on 1st December 2013 in the convalescent pool. His flipper tag number is 158 (orange).

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Update - 29th December 2013 : Orion is currently in the convalescent pool.

Click here to see a further photo of Orion taken on 28th December 2013.

Update - 20th February 2014 : Orion along with Miranda, Mars, Moon, Indus and Crater were returned to the wild on 17th February 2014 at Carbis Bay.

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Orion - Photo taken by Sue Sayer Update - 25th April 2022 : Orion was spotted at haul-outs along the coasts of Cornwall and Devon on 1st September 2014, 8th November 2014, 19th & 22nd January 2015, 2nd March 2015, 18th May 2015, 25th August 2016, 20th & 23rd November 2017, 11th, 14th & 28th December 2017, 1st, 11th, 15th, 18th & 29th January 2018, 26th March 2018, 14th May 2018, 21st June 2018, 23rd, 30th & 31st August 2018, 21st September 2018, 19th November 2018, 24th & 31st December 2018, 3rd & 17th January 2019, 4th, 14th & 18th February 2019, 18th & 25th March 2019,

Photo Credit : Sue Sayer - CSGRT - 28th December 2017
5th April 2019, 23rd May 2019, 3rd, 13th, 16th, 17th & 20th June 2019, 1st, 4th, 15th & 25th July 2019, 5th, 11th, 12th & 26th August 2019, 2nd & 26th September 2019, 3rd, 10th, 24th, 28th & 31st October 2019, 7th & 11th November 2019, 5th, 9th, 12th, 16th & 23rd December 2019, 6th, 9th 23rd, 26th & 27th January 2020, 3rd, 7th & 19th February 2020, 18th & 26th April 2020, 4th & 20th May 2020, 4th, 5th, 18th & 20th July 2020, 1st, 8th & 17th August 2020,

Photo Credit : Sue Sayer - CSGRT - 18th September 2020
Orion - 18th September 2020 - Photo Credit - Sue Sayer - CSGRT
2nd, 17th, 18th, 19th, 21st, 23rd & 26th September 2020, 17th, 18th, 19th, 22nd, 23rd & 26th October 2020, 5th, 12th, 14th, 16th, 18th, 19th, 23rd & 26th November 2020, 1st, 3rd, 6th, 10th, 14th & 31st December 2020, 10th, 11th 14th, 15th, 16th, 17th 21st, 22nd, & 25th January 2021,
Orion - 22nd November 2021 - Photo Credit - Sue Sayer - CSGRT 25th February 2021, 7th, 25th & 27th March 2021, 11th April 2021, 10th, 21st & 29th June 2021, 5th, 7th, 8th, 12th, 27th & 29th July 2021, 12th, 23rd & 31st August 2021, 13th, 15th, 16th, 20th, 21st, 22nd, 23rd & 25th September 2021, 14th, 21st & 22nd October 2021, 1st, 8th, 15th, 18th & 22nd November 2021, 2nd, 6th, 13th, 16th & 28th December 2021, 3rd, 13th, 16th, 17th & 22nd January 2022, 7th February 2022 and 3rd & 25th April 2022 by members* of the CSGRT.

Photo Credit : Sue Sayer - CSGRT - 22nd November 2021
*Members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) volunteers spend hundreds of hours of their own time to photo, identify 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.