Stephen Fry was rescued on 23rd February 2012
On the 23rd February 2012 we had a call from Dave, a member of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) team, about a pup on the beach at Perranporth in a bad way. The pup was picked up and brought back to the Sanctuary.

Upon arrival the pup was put into hospital pen number 3 and a clincial assessment was carried by members of the Animal Care Team. The pup weighed 27 kilos, it was underweight and estimated to be around 4 months old, with swollen rear flippers and swollen front flippers, nail beds infected, graze to nose bleeding from mouth, and broken and lose teeth. The pup has been given a course of antibiotics, anti-inflammation and pain relief. The pup is a little boy and has been named Stephen Fry.
Stephen Fry
Stephen Fry Update: 16th March 2012 - Stephen Fry is now in the outside nursery pool 4. His flipper tag number is 44 (green).

Update: 6th April 2012 - Photo left of Stephen Fry was taken on 4th April 2012.   Click here to see a larger version of this photo.

Update: 24th April 2012 - Stephen Fry is in the convalescent pool, doing really well and putting on weight. The rescued pups are enjoying the piggy back rides around the pool with the resident seals, but it is going to be a few more weeks before any pups are ready for release back to the wild.
Update: 30th May 2012 - Stephen Fry is currently in the nursery pool.

Update: 16th July 2012 - Stephen Fry was released back into the wild on 2nd July 2012 along with Dynamite and Zirion.
Update: 31st March 2022 - Stephen Fry has been spotted at local haul-outs along the north coast of Cornwall on 27th September 2012, 18th & 19th October 2012, 5th & 21st November 2012, 20th & 23rd May 2013,
2nd August 2013, 3rd & 24th August 2013, 19th September 2013, 20th September 2013, 19th, 28th & 30th October 2013, 7th & 25th November 2013, 13th December 2013, 3rd & 23rd April 2014, 8th, 25th & 29th September 2014, 10th, 13th & 26th October 2014, 30th July 2015, 5th September 2016, 5th October 2018, 4th, 5th & 25th April 2019, 13th February 2020, 19th March 2020, 31st December 2020, 10th January 2021, 8th March 2021 and 31st March 2022 by members of the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust who identifies and monitors seals in the wild.

(C) Photo Credit : Simon Bone on 2nd August 2013
Stephen Fry
Members of the CGSRT volunteer hundreds of hours of their own time to photo, identify, carry out surveys, monitor and watch over the seals around the South West coasts.

Each seal´s fur pattern is unique and enables the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust volunteers to 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.