Shuttle was rescued on 18th October 2013
Gender : Female

Location of Rescue : Boscastle

Age at Rescue : 2 weeks old (whitecoat)

Weight at Rescue : 32kgs

Reason for rescue : No sign of mum. Minor puncture wounds and a nose bleed.
Shuttle - photo by Jon Gerrish
Shuttle - photo by Jon Gerrish This pup was rescued by members of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) team.

Click here to read Jon Gerrish of Boscastle National Trust´s blog with photos and video of the rescue.

Photos above and left were taken by Jon Gerrish.
Update - 26th October 2013 : Upon arrival at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary, Shuttle spent a few days in the isolation pen of the hospital and then was moved down to the outside nursery pools as she is very fat! She had moulted very quickly and is having fun swimming! On fluids and not being force fed fish so hopefully this means she will learn to eat for herself soon. She is currently in nursery pool number 3.

Update - 16th November 2013 : Shuttle is doing really well in the convalescent pool, but has developed an ulcer in her right eye and was moved back to the nursery pools. She has been moved back up to the hospital today to help it heal. Shuttle currently weighs 36kgs. Her flipper tag number is 149 (orange).

Update - 22nd November 2013 : Shuttle is now back down in nursery pool number 4 after a short time in the hospital for treatment for an eye infection.

Update - 2nd December 2013 : This photo (right) of Shuttle was taken on 1st December 2013 in the convalescent pool.   Click here to see a selection of photos of Shuttle.
Shuttle Update - 8th December 2013 : Shuttle has nearly reached her release weight.

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

Click here to see a selection of the photos taken on 28th December 2013.
Update - 11th January 2014 : Shuttle along with Aurora, Leo, Nasa, Eclipse, Persier and Persius E were released back into the wild on 9th January 2013 at Carbis Bay.

Click here to see a selection of photos taken by Dan Murphy of the release.

Photo right by Dan Murphy
Seal Release - 9th January 2013

Shuttle seen on 27th May 2016 Update - 15th January 2024 : Shuttle was spotted in the wild on 27th May 2016, 23rd February 2017, 6th March 2017, 1st January 2018, 12th November 2018, 6th, 20th & 24th December 2018, 3rd & 10th January 2019, 4th & 11th February 2019, 7th, 11th & 21st March 2019, 11th November 2019, 2nd & 30th December 2019, 6th, 19th & 24th February 2020, 11th March 2020, 28th September 2020, 1st October 2020,

© Photo credit : Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust (CSGRT) - 27th May 2016
12th & 23rd November 2020, 3rd, 19th & 31st December 2020, 21st January 2021, 25th & 26th February 2021, 29th April 2021, 15th & 18th November 2021, 2nd, 16th & 23rd December 2021, 5th & 22nd January 2022, 3rd & 14th March 2022, 10th June 2022, 15th October 2022, 23rd January 2023, 2nd February 2023, 17th September 2023, 23rd & 27th November 2023, 15th, 21st & 26th December 2023 and 15th January 2024 by members of the CSGRT.

© Photo credit : Sue Sayer - CSGRT - 18th November 2021
Shuttle seen on 18th November 2021 - Sue Sayer - CSGRT
Members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust volunteer spend hundreds of hours of their own time to photo, identify, carry out surveys, monitor 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.