Submitted by Steve on 10:46, 1st Jun, 2021 | 0

Last night the GPSCA team were called out to the Fairy Ring for a poorly seal pup.

The pup was covered in cuts from a bloody nose to open wounds underneath and for its size very thin.

The seal pup also had a green tag with the number SL109.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said “Last night the team were called to the Fairy Ring to attend a poorly seal pup.”

“In attendance was Geoff George, Dani and Beckie and as the sun was setting they were pointed to a pup by a kind family out on a walk that was indeed very poorly.”

“The grey seal pup was tagged and we have found out it was originally rescued in Bude by the Cornish Seal Sanctuary on the 18th October last year and they called in Pork Pie.”

“We had a report of Pork Pie on our coast earlier this week as someone spotted his tag but since being released at the start of January it looks like he has been very much battered about.”

“Pork Pie is now in our intensive care room for seals and has quite a few wounds and is certainly thin for his age.”

“He will receive around the clock care and hopefully won’t be long until we can get him back where he belongs.”

“Titan, Joey and India continue to do well but they are all eating a lot of fish now.”

“Although Pork Pie isn’t eating properly yet combined the other 3 are eating over 50 fish a day and we really need your support and to donate to their care please visit

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Geoff George Head of Marine Mammals at the GSPCA said “Titan, Joey and India are all doing really well.”

“We are hoping to release these three in the next few weeks but Pork Pie will need some time before he is ready.”

“He has many cuts but is very feisty and lively.2

“This is the first seal pup we know of from Cornwall and shows just how far they can travel.”

“We will of course keep everyone up to date on how they get on.”

To see some of the previous stories about seals please click here .

Here is a table of the seals we have helped back to the wild and the last four are currently in our care -


Jethou Bumblee

















Pork Pie


November 2012

January 2013

January 2014

January 2014

January 2016

December 2016

November 2017

November 2018

December 2018

December 2018

January 2019

February 2019

February 2019

February 2020

November 2020

December 2020

March 2021

May 2021

Where found


















Guernsey (originally from Cornwall)


To see some of the previous stories about seals please click here .

Some grey seal facts -

  • Population numbers since 1960s have doubled
  • A grey seal pup weighs 14kg at birth
  • A grey seal pup mothers milk contains 60% fat
  • Grey seals can dive to a depth of 70m
  • Another name for a grey seal is the horsehead seal
  • Grey seals are found in the waters surrounding Europe, Russia, North America, and Channel Islands
  • Grey seals can be found in estuaries, inter tidal zones, brackish water, polar and shallow seas
  • There are 18 known species of seal in the world
  • Many sick seal pups need tube feeding every 2-3 hours day and night on arrival
  • The seal pups in our care once eating will consume 20-30 herring or mackerel each day
  • We aim for a release weight in excess of 40 kg, with good weather and a remote location

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