PACIFIC - Arrived on 11th March 2006

We received a call from the RSPCA on the Island of Guernsey about a pup that might need to be transported to the Seal Sanctuary for rehabilitation. On the 11th March 2006 the pup who was called Pacific, was flown over to Newquay airport, where it was picked up by the National Seal Sanctuary staff and brought back to the hospital here at Gweek.

Pacific, who is a little boy, weighed in at 21.5 kilos and was around 8 weeks old. He spent around 7 days in isolation, here we took a blood sample. The results came back clear and Pacific was transferred down to the nursery pools to continue rehabilitation.
Photo was taken of Pacific on 20th of May 2006 in one of the nursery pools. Pacific's flipper (light green) tag number is 46.Update: 24th May 2006 - This photo was taken of Pacific on 20th May 2006 in one of the nursery pools. He is doing really well and will be released back to the wild in the next month.

Pacific´s flipper (light green) tag number is 46.
Update: 14th July 2006 - Pacific was released back into the wild along with Bock, Smuggler and Spingo at Porthtowan at 6.30am on 12th of July 2006. Photo of Pacific looks back before he heads off to the sea - This photo was taken by Rachael Vine
This photo was taken by Lee RogersUpdate: 30th June 2009 - Lee Rogers went snorkeling the other day around Cape Cornwall and came across a seal with a yellow tag. Lee said at first the seal was shy then within half an hour, it was nuzzling his fins! Lee sent us some of the photos of the seal, which we forwarded onto Sue Sayer, of the Cornwall Seal Group, so she could identify it. Sue said ″We have to find at least 5 matching marker patterns on the seal before we can confirm an ID″. Click here to see a selection of Lee´s photos.
Update: 12th May 2018 - Pacific has been spotted many times at local haul-outs around the coast of Cornwall by members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust* on the following dates:-
28th January 2007, 31st May 2007, 29th October 2007, 12th January 2008, 26th January 2008, 17th February 2008, 22nd June 2008, 10th September 2008, 24th September 2008, 27th November 2008, 20th & 21st December 2008, 20th March 2009, 3rd April 2009,

Photo (right) was taken by Sue Sayer on 26th January 2008. Sue is part of the team who identifies and monitors local seals.
Pacific - photo was taken on 26th January 2008 by Sue Sayer of the Cornwall Seal Group
5th April 2009, 20th & 26th April 2009, 3rd May 2009, 2nd & 29th October 2009, 17th December 2009, 30th January 2010, 13th, 15th & 26th September 2010, 8th & 27th October 2010, 27th February 2011, 19th March 2011, 27th May 2011, 28th August 2011, 23rd November 2011, 15th February 2012, 5th March 2012, 16th May 2012, 17th October 2012, 24th January 2013, 20th March 2013, 19th & 22nd April 2013, 1st September 2013, 10th & 14th October 2013, 6th December 2013, 3rd March 2014, 5th February 2015, 2nd April 2015, 27th July 2015, 4th April 2016, 31st July 2017, 19th April 2018 and 10th May 2018.
*Members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust volunteer hundreds of hours of their own time to photo, identify and watch over the seals around the Cornish coast, especially at pup time!