It’s grey seal pupping season in the south west of the UK. Around the Cornish coast where Grey seals are fairly common females are giving birth. Experienced females pup on hard to reach secluded beaches where they can go about their lives unbothered. But young, desperate or just unlucky females end up giving birth on public beaches or beaches unsuitable for rearing a youngester.

This chap was born of a small cove on the Lizard Peninsula, which was open to the public. A team from British Divers Marine Life Rescue (of which I am a director), went to keep people away from the beach so the mother could raise her baby in safety and without disturbance. On Friday and Saturday last weekend a horde of visitors to the popular village and locals where treated to some lovely sights of the baby.

Sadly though the Saturday featured one of the highest tides of the year and also witnessed a south westerly Storm off the Atlantic Ocean. The high water, driven by the wind overwhelmed the beach and covered it in kelp which is dying at this time of year and washes ashore. The next day the seal was nowhere to be found. It is assumed it either got washed out to sea or was buried under a thick carpet of kelp. Either way it is probable it did survive.

Grey seals loose, it is thought, between 20-30% of their young before they are weaned. It is heartbreaking, but also a part of nature.

However, if you are walking by the sea and you come across a baby seal firstly please leave it alone as it’s mother is probably nearby feeding. If it looks in distress please contact British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), who will send a trained person to observe and assess the animal to see if it need help and f so how best to help it.

Please do not approach it or try to deal with it yourself. Even a baby seal will defend itself, no matter how cute it looks. You can contact on 01825 765546.

You can see more about BDMLR on www.bdmlr.org.uk

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