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We have recently heard a very sad story! A seal pup that was hours old and with its mother close by, was moved further up the beach by a concerned and well meaning member of the public. Sadly, with human scent on its fur, the pup was rejected by its mother. Despite the swift actions of a rescue team & the expertise of seal rehabilitation staff, the pup died soon afterwards.
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DO NOT TOUCH IT! Observe from a distance and out of sight. Look for the mother, ideally for a full tide cycle if you have time. Mothers often rest in the sea and only return to their pups when they see it is safe to do so! If you are concerned because you cannot stay to observe the pup or you cannot see the mother, do not hesitate to ring the Seal Sanctuary on 01326 221361. They will act immediately and either send out an observation or rescue team. DO NOT TOUCH THE PUP YOURSELF, as much for your own safety as that of the pup!
If you see the seals being disturbed in any way, please do not hesitate to ring the British Diver’s Marine Life Rescue on 01825 765546 & the Police Wildlife Officer on 0845 777444. If you see a dead seal pup , report it quickly to the Cornwall Wildlife Trust’s Strandings hotline on 0845 2012626.