Submitted by Steve on 16:35, 19th Apr, 2019 | 0

After months of care and with good weather on our site the GSPCA released Marty the Jersey seal pup back in the wild today and it was without doubt one of the best releases ever for the GSPCA team.

This Winter has been exceptionally busy for seal pups at the GSPCA as up until this morning we have had 6 in our care but thanks to a lovely Jersey family and their boat Marty is now back in the wild.

Marty arrived at the GSPCA on the 17th December just a week before Christmas last year weighing just 18kg when he should have been 40kg.

Marty was rescued by the Jersey British Divers Marine Life Rescue on Green Island beach and after spending a night at New Era Vets he was transported kindly by Blue Islands from Jersey to Guernsey where he has been cared for at the GSPCA.

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Of the six seal pups Marty is the first to be ready to be released and his latest weight of 55kg he is well set to be back in the wild.

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Marty who was rescued in Jersey today returned to his home waters thanks to a lovely family from Jersey who helped provide the transport for the release to Les Écréhous.

With stunning weather and Marty being exceptionally well behaved the team had a wonderful day getting Marty back to the wild.

Steve Byrne GSPCA Manager said “What a magical day we have had taking Marty back to his home waters thanks to the wonderful Eeles family.”

“Like with Sami two years ago Marty was rescued from Jersey so the release took place at Les Écréhous so not too far from where he was found.”

“When he first arrived he was 18kg now after months of care he looks like a fat sausage so he is ready for the wild and a wonderful 55kg.”

“The journey although breezy was in the sunshine and the whole release was truly amazing.”

“When we arrived the rescuers from Jersey British Divers Marine Life Rescue were there to meet us with others from New Era Vets and Blue Islands all who helped care for him and transport him to Guernsey.”

“From boxing Marty, the journey and the release we couldn’t have planned it better and thanks to all involved in what was such a special release for us all.”

“We have to thank all that have donated to his and the other 5 seal pups care and we hope to return some of the Guernsey pups to the wild very soon.”

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Geoff George Head of Marine Mammals said “After months of care it was fantastic to get Marty back to the wild.”

“He was very well behaved getting in the transport carrier and it was just one of the best releases ever.”

“He was so thin when he arrived from Jersey and needed around the clock care all over the Christmas period.”

“We are really grateful to the Eeles family who have came over once again to help us return a Jersey seal pup back to the wild.”

“After watching Marty enjoy himself for a good 5 to 10 minutes he disappeared but we got the chance to see dozens of other adult and young seals as well as dozens of dolphins.”

“Two years ago the helped get Sami the Jersey seal pup back to Les Écréhous and it is great to get Marty back their too.”

“Of the 5 other seals 2 are very close to being ready for their home of Guernsey waters and we will update on how Marty’s release goes and how the others progress.”

Steve continued “Les Écréhous is truly a magical place and we were all so amazed by the wildlife we got to see in such a spectacular setting.”

“We have to say Geoff is the real star in the care of the seal pups here at the GSPCA his and the whole team with the support of so many have helped Marty back to the wild.”

“With six seal pups our facilities have been used to their maximum capacity for seals and we are currently fund raising to build a new Wildlife Hospital.”

“From donating to the facility to Buying a Brick there are many ways to get involved or why not get involved with our Animal Welfare Seafront Sunday next month.”

“To find out more about the Wildlife Hospital please visit or for our Animal Welfare Seafront Sunday .”

“A huge thanks to all involved and supported getting Marty the seal pup back home where he belongs.”

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