East Sussex WRAS were asked to assist with a seal at Selsey Bill on Wednesday night. British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) Co-ordinator Julia Cable phone WRAS's Trevor Weeks who used to work for BDMLR as their National Co-oridnator and who is an Advance Marine Mammal Medic asking for advice and help.
Both Trevor and Julia were concerned about the seal's breathing and decided it needed rescuing and bringing into care. BDMLR already had medics monitoring the seal on the beach and send experienced medic Charlie and Neil Sampson to catch the seal and secure it.
WRAS's Rescuer Manager Chris Riddington jumped on board WRAS's amabulance with Trevor and drove down to Eastergate just north of Bognor Regis to meet Charlie and Neil with the seal.
The seal turned out to be a young grey seal which is unusual for this area. It was clear straight away that the seal was in a bad condition and needed treating fairly urgently. On route back to WRAS's Casualty Centre Chris contacted WRAS's vet Mike and asked if he could meet us.
At WRAS's Casualty Centre, Trevor secured the seal whilst Mike took its temperature, listened to the seal's chest and thoroughly checked over the seal and its numerous puncture wounds.
Medication was given and the seal cooled down due to a high temperature and tube fed vital rehydration fluid, before being bedded down in a large black dry pool for the night.
Trevor stayed over night at the centre to keep an eye on the seal's temperature and ensure he was not over heating, and in the morning he was transported to RSPCA Mallydams at Hastings to their specialist Seal facilities.