It’s been a busy few days in Boscastle.
With visitors from the sea.
We’ve had two or three young seals coming into the harbour area tired after being in the autumnal swell of wild October seas.
When this happens and the seals are spotted, the community in the village pull together and a vigil takes place as we watch over our guests. The seals are watched to see if they are injured, or tired, and while we wait for the volunteers from the Cornish Seal Sanctuary at Gweek to come and give their expert reaction to the situation – which sometimes involves rescuing the seal and either relocating it or if needed taking it to the sanctuary for it to recover and be released when fully fit again.
Here’s a (shaky) camphone video of the rescue this week…
We get lots of seals around the coast of Cornwall, sometimes lost and alone, sometimes not….here’s what to do if you find a seal pup that needs some help…
If it is alone and appears in distress, the actions which you take may mean the difference between life and death for the animal
DO keep your distance – If the pup has a fluffy white coat it still needs it’s mother. She will only return to feed her pup when she feels it is safe to do so.
DON´T attempt to handle the pup – It is a wild animal, it may bite and can carry infectious diseases. The mother may reject the pup if it is handled.
DON´T attempt to put the pup in the sea – It may be out of the water for a good reason.
DON´T ignore the situation – If the pup is thin, injured or seems unwell (noisy breathing, coughing, runny nose) it probably needs help.
DO tell an appropriate organisation – Telephone The Cornish Seal Sanctuary on 01326 221361, or your nearest RSPCA Officer or the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) team on 01825 765546 or 07787 433412 – Wherever you live around the world, check out your nearest rescue organisation. Be ready to get help when you discover an injured animal.