Seal pup saved on beach

A member from the British Diver Marine Life Rescue helping take the poorly seal from Peavehaven beach to the RSPCA

A member from the British Diver Marine Life Rescue helping take the poorly seal from Peavehaven beach to the RSPCA

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A baby seal was saved after it was found stranded on the beach.

A team from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) was called to the beach at Peacehaven after residents spotted the month-old common seal and they took it to the RSPCA.

The seal was found to suffering from an abscess in its mouth which was preventing it from feeding properly.

It is believed he became separated from a breeding colony at Chichester Harbour.

The poorly pup will be nursed and fattened back to health before being released back into the sea.

Stephen Marsh, operations manager at BDMLR, said: “It was very underweight but it was in very good condition other than that, I’m sure it will be fine.

“It had been there for a couple of days and it didn’t have the strength to swim properly.”

Mr Marsh said the crowded beach was not a good place for the seal and that it would have become a target for dogs.

The pup has now been taken to Mallydams Wood wildlife rehabilitation centre for a few weeks until it receives their seal of approval to return to the wild.

Seals tend to live in areas with sandbanks and are not common in the South East.

But there is a breeding colony in Chichester Harbour and Mr Marsh believes the pup may have come from there.

More and more seals are being sighted in the region due to changing tides and Argus reader Anya Harris sent in the pictures after seeing the seal.

Despite the seal’s cute appearance, members of the public are warned not to touch them if they find any more stranded on the beach.

Mr Marsh added: “I would not advise anyone to try and pick one up unless they’ve had special training.

“The common seal is a more docile species than the grey seal but they will become agitated if they get stressed and they’ve got a nasty set of teeth.”

For more information, visit www.bdmlr.org.uk or call 01825 765546.

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12:39pm Tue 29 Jul 14

anniem8 says...

I was swimming in the sea by Hove Lagoon on Friday and felt something in the water. I couldn't see anything, it seemed too large for a fish. Do you think it may have been a seal?
I was swimming in the sea by Hove Lagoon on Friday and felt something in the water. I couldn't see anything, it seemed too large for a fish. Do you think it may have been a seal? anniem8
  • Score: 2

7:21am Wed 30 Jul 14

twosugars says...

anniem8 wrote:
I was swimming in the sea by Hove Lagoon on Friday and felt something in the water. I couldn't see anything, it seemed too large for a fish. Do you think it may have been a seal?
A large Richard the third?
[quote][p][bold]anniem8[/bold] wrote: I was swimming in the sea by Hove Lagoon on Friday and felt something in the water. I couldn't see anything, it seemed too large for a fish. Do you think it may have been a seal?[/p][/quote]A large Richard the third? twosugars
  • Score: 5

8:48am Wed 30 Jul 14

hellohonkytonks says...

Saved before those filthy,disgusting,ve
rmin Seagulls started to attack it.
Well done to those involved.
Saved before those filthy,disgusting,ve rmin Seagulls started to attack it. Well done to those involved. hellohonkytonks
  • Score: 7

9:26am Wed 30 Jul 14

anniem8 says...

twosugars wrote:
anniem8 wrote:
I was swimming in the sea by Hove Lagoon on Friday and felt something in the water. I couldn't see anything, it seemed too large for a fish. Do you think it may have been a seal?
A large Richard the third?
...er ..don't think so.. it was smooth... like skin.....
[quote][p][bold]twosugars[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]anniem8[/bold] wrote: I was swimming in the sea by Hove Lagoon on Friday and felt something in the water. I couldn't see anything, it seemed too large for a fish. Do you think it may have been a seal?[/p][/quote]A large Richard the third?[/p][/quote]...er ..don't think so.. it was smooth... like skin..... anniem8
  • Score: 0

10:02am Wed 30 Jul 14

Juleyanne says...

Years ago I found an injured seal at Cuckmere and East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and British Divers Marine Life Rescue came to it's aid. The seal was treated, rehabilitated and eventually released back into the wild.
Please support WRAS and BDMLR who do amazing work helping marine mammals and other wildlife and rely on public support.
Years ago I found an injured seal at Cuckmere and East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and British Divers Marine Life Rescue came to it's aid. The seal was treated, rehabilitated and eventually released back into the wild. Please support WRAS and BDMLR who do amazing work helping marine mammals and other wildlife and rely on public support. Juleyanne
  • Score: 6

6:43pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Elaine 777 says...

British Divers Marine Life Rescue
BDMLR is an organisation dedicated to the rescue and well-being of all marine animals in distress around the UK.
In 2013 we celebrated our 25th anniversary.
RESCUE HOTLINE: 01825 765546 during office hours, Mon through Friday, 9AM to 5PM. We are open to take calls about injuired or sick marine mammals 24 / 7. Please call 07787 433412 out of office hours. And please do not attempt to do a rescue by yourself. Our medics are specially trained to deal with emergencies like this, and it's important you don't endanger either the animal or yourself.
British Divers Marine Life Rescue BDMLR is an organisation dedicated to the rescue and well-being of all marine animals in distress around the UK. In 2013 we celebrated our 25th anniversary. RESCUE HOTLINE: 01825 765546 during office hours, Mon through Friday, 9AM to 5PM. We are open to take calls about injuired or sick marine mammals 24 / 7. Please call 07787 433412 out of office hours. And please do not attempt to do a rescue by yourself. Our medics are specially trained to deal with emergencies like this, and it's important you don't endanger either the animal or yourself. Elaine 777
  • Score: 4

11:53pm Wed 30 Jul 14

Wide Bertha says...

anniem8 wrote:
twosugars wrote:
anniem8 wrote:
I was swimming in the sea by Hove Lagoon on Friday and felt something in the water. I couldn't see anything, it seemed too large for a fish. Do you think it may have been a seal?
A large Richard the third?
...er ..don't think so.. it was smooth... like skin.....
depends what you've eaten
[quote][p][bold]anniem8[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]twosugars[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]anniem8[/bold] wrote: I was swimming in the sea by Hove Lagoon on Friday and felt something in the water. I couldn't see anything, it seemed too large for a fish. Do you think it may have been a seal?[/p][/quote]A large Richard the third?[/p][/quote]...er ..don't think so.. it was smooth... like skin.....[/p][/quote]depends what you've eaten Wide Bertha
  • Score: 0

9:02pm Thu 31 Jul 14

MasonStorm says...

anniem8 wrote:
twosugars wrote:
anniem8 wrote:
I was swimming in the sea by Hove Lagoon on Friday and felt something in the water. I couldn't see anything, it seemed too large for a fish. Do you think it may have been a seal?
A large Richard the third?
...er ..don't think so.. it was smooth... like skin.....
Like a big stinking turd?
[quote][p][bold]anniem8[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]twosugars[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]anniem8[/bold] wrote: I was swimming in the sea by Hove Lagoon on Friday and felt something in the water. I couldn't see anything, it seemed too large for a fish. Do you think it may have been a seal?[/p][/quote]A large Richard the third?[/p][/quote]...er ..don't think so.. it was smooth... like skin.....[/p][/quote]Like a big stinking turd? MasonStorm
  • Score: 3

11:29am Fri 1 Aug 14

anniem8 says...

MasonStorm wrote:
anniem8 wrote:
twosugars wrote:
anniem8 wrote:
I was swimming in the sea by Hove Lagoon on Friday and felt something in the water. I couldn't see anything, it seemed too large for a fish. Do you think it may have been a seal?
A large Richard the third?
...er ..don't think so.. it was smooth... like skin.....
Like a big stinking turd?
Accidentally clicked 'thumbs up' for this comment, meant to click 'thumbs down'
[quote][p][bold]MasonStorm[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]anniem8[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]twosugars[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]anniem8[/bold] wrote: I was swimming in the sea by Hove Lagoon on Friday and felt something in the water. I couldn't see anything, it seemed too large for a fish. Do you think it may have been a seal?[/p][/quote]A large Richard the third?[/p][/quote]...er ..don't think so.. it was smooth... like skin.....[/p][/quote]Like a big stinking turd?[/p][/quote]Accidentally clicked 'thumbs up' for this comment, meant to click 'thumbs down' anniem8
  • Score: 0

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