Submitted by Steve on 13:17, 11th Mar, 2021 | 0

This morning the GSPCA were called out to attend what was reported to be a poorly seal pup at Perelle.

The team were dispatched to find an approximately 12 week old grey seal pup.

Only a little under weight the main concerns was it being lethargic and very chesty.

The pup was collected by Head of Marine Mammals GSPCA Geoff George and is now safely at the GSPCA.

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Geoff George said “The new grey seal pup is around 12 weeks and she is very chesty so is now in our intensive care unit being treated and will need around the clock care.”

“We haven’t named the new pup yet and at 23kg it isn’t thankfully too thin for her age but we are very concerned for its health and doing all we can.”

“The other seal pups Joey who arrived the start of November from Jersey, Ellie just before Christmas from Jersey and Titan from here in Guernsey rescued at Fairy Ring at the end of December are in their bubble on our rehab pools.”

“It will be some time before the new seal can join those on the pools and will need around the clock care.”

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said “The team were called out today to help a poorly seal pup at Perelle.”

“If anyone has any ideas for a name it would be great to hear any ideas as we like to give all the animals names here at the GSPCA.”

“This takes the total to 4 seal pups at the GSPCA and in the last ten years since we started rehabilitating seals on site at the Shelter we have helped a total of 14 get back into the waters of the Channel Islands.”

“The other three seals at the Shelter are Joey and Titan who are doing very well, although Ellie is making slower progress but she is swimming very well just not putting on weight like the other two.”

“The seal pups we have helped back to the wild are Jethou Bumblee, Hanois, Trinity, Eden, Bonnie, Sami, Temperance, Andrew, Marty, Gully, Sealia, Mambo, Hannah and Pebbles the first from Jethou, 10 from Guernsey and 3 from Jersey.”

“We were hoping to build a new Wildlife Hospital last year but due to Covid-19 that is on hold while we concentrate getting through these difficult days.”

“With few fund raisers and next to no boarding due to lockdown the GSPCA income has been hit hard and we need your support now more than ever.”

“There are many ways you can help support our vital 24/7 work and donate or raise funds for the hundreds of animals in our care.”

“With over 140 hedgehogs, 4 seal pups, dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, fish, reptiles and many birds we help over 3000 animals through the doors every year.”

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


Jethou Bumblee

















To be named


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

December 2020

Arrived today

Where found



















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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