Rocket Dog rescued on 1st November 2010
Rocket Dog, a juvenile seal, was rescued from Mumbles Gower in Wales and taken to RSPCA´s West Hatch Wildlife Centre on 1st November 2010 for treatment.

In late December 2010 Rocket Dog was transferred to the National Seal Sanctuary for its next stage of rehabilitation and to learn to compete for fish with other seals. Rocket Dog is by far the noisiest pup we have at the moment!

Click here to see further photos taken on 30th December 2010.
Rocket Dog
Flipper ID tag number is 80024 (orange).

Update: 8th March 2015 - Rocket Dog has completed his rehabilitation and was released back into the wild along with Boo, Roz, Wellington, Dap, Andy´s Platform and Fats Domino on 24th January 2011 at Gwithian.   Photos below of all of the seals being released.

Photo credit : Simon Bone
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Update: 11th January 2024 - Rocket Dog was spotted at local haul-out along the coast of Cornwall on 27th March 2013, 13th May 2013, 12th & 15th September 2013, 10th October 2013, 4th November 2013, 6th December 2013, 9th & 11th January 2014, 7th, 10th & 20th February 2014, 3rd, 7th, 15th & 22nd March 2014, 10th April 2014, 8th May 2014, 15th & 22nd December 2014, 2nd February 2015, 7th March 2015, 13th July 2015, 10th November 2016, 18th September 2017, 12th March 2018, 11th & 18th October 2018, 12th November 2018, 24th December 2018, 25th March 2019, 18th November 2019, 5th & 12th December 2019, 6th & 23rd January 2020, 29th October 2020, 3rd, 4th, 8th, 12th, 16th & 23rd November 2020, 6th, 7th, 10th, 14th & 17th December 2020, 10th & 11th & 21st January 2021,

Photo credit : Sue Sayer - CSGRT - 11th January 2021
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15th, 18th, 22nd & 25th November 2021, 6th, 13th & 20th December 2021, 13th January 2022, 12th & 21st November 2022, 1st, 5th & 8th December 2022, 19th January 2023, 3rd September 2023, 13th, 27th & 30th November 2023, 11th & 26th December 2023 and 11th January 2024 by members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT).
Members of the CSGRT volunteer 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.