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Injured seal rescued on beach in north Cornwall

Injured seal rescued on beach in north Cornwall

Published by Sarah Yeoman at 2:29pm 27th November 2019. (Updated at 2:31pm 27th November 2019)

An injured seal has been rescued after being found in difficulty on a beach in north Cornwall.

The discovery was made at Harlyn Bay on Wednesday morning where the team from Beach Guardian were on the scene.

Specialists from British Divers Marine Life Rescue rushed to the beach where they checked the seal over and treated it.

The animal has now been taken to vets.

It has sparked a warning to beach goers to make sure they know what to do if they come across a seal on the sand.

"This morning we received notification that a seal with suspected injuries was at the top of one of our local beaches.

"It was incredible to see the speed of the response from the volunteer British Divers Marine Life Rescue Medics who arrived quickly with the right equipment.

"We took this video which shows their method of securing the seal and making it safe. 

"They checked his condition and weight and reported the suspected injuries. Then they gave him some hydrating liquids.

"He has now been taken to a qualified vet to be checked over. We will keep you posted on how he gets on.

"Thanks and well done to Kerry, Linda and David for their great work."

Beach Guardian

What do you do if you see a live seal on the beach?

  • Call British Divers Marine Life Rescue on 01825 765546 for advice and assistance. If you can send some photographs from your mobile phone then they will give you a number or email address to send them to.
  • Do not pick the seal up – observe it from a safe distance
  • Do not chase it back in the sea – try to stand between it and the sea until help arrives
  • Look for signs of injury and provide an accurate description of these, the size and species (if known) and location of the animal to BDMLR
  • Keep other people and dogs away – these can cause stress to the animal. Seals also carry infections that can be transferred
  • Avoid inhaling the seal’s breath and stay away from their head as they can inflict nasty bites

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