Submitted by Steve on 14:55, 13th Sep, 2021 | 0

India the Guernsey seal pup who was rescued in March and Joey the Jersey seal pup rescued in November finally had the all clear from the vets, their weights were great for release and we had good weather so earlier today they were released back into the wild

Thanks to the huge efforts of Geoff George and the team the seal pups who were so thin and unwell on arrival are finally back where they belong.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said “India and Joey the seal pups are now back to where they belong.”

“Both were so thin and unwell when they were rescued and have been through a lot.”

“Over the last 10 years we have released 12 seal pups on Jethou and 2 on Les Écréhous and today it was the turn of India and Joey.”

“The weather was amazing and location fabulous and India was the first to swim off although keeping an eye on us for sometime.”

“Joey however wasn’t as brave and kept in the shallows for some time before venturing into deeper water.”

Geoff George Head of Marine Mammals at the GSPCA said “At 62kg Joey and 58kg India they were ready for the wild.”

“Joey has been one of the most aggressive pups we have had but he took his time before swimming off.”

“Each release is different and this is a first for Guernsey as we normally go to Jethou.”

“We released them at the slip way near the Fairy Ring and it went really well.”

Steve Byrne continued “We do ask people to not go looking for them and to ensure you don’t approach them as they settle back into the wild.”

“There is a good chance they will stay close to the coast to start but as they get braver they will move further afield.”

“We would have ideally liked to release Joey in Jersey but with the covid restrictions and we are so busy it was the best case scenario and you never know he may well swim south.”

“We know they can travel as Porkpie was released in Cornwall earlier this year having been in a Cornish Seal Sanctuary.”

“We will still have Titan the Guernsey seal pup and Porkpie the Cornish seal pup who have a little way to go until they are ready and still need your support and you can donate by going to .”

“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 Porkpie and Titan are hopefully ready soon -


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

For advice on what to do if you see or find sick or injured wildlife please visit or call 01481 257261

Steve continued “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 100 hedgehogs, 2 seal pups, dogs, cats, rabbits, ferrets, fish, reptiles and many birds we help over 3000 animals through the doors every year.”

“With so many animals in our care we would love you to join our sponsor scheme to help us each month.”

“Just a couple of pounds each month can make a massive difference in helping the animals in our care and to find out more please go to .”

“To make a donation you can go to .”  

“We couldn’t do so much without your support.”


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