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It's been a busy but so far successful season for the few seal pups we are fortunate to have had born around our coastline.

We may have a number of adult and juvenile seals around our shores but pupping isn't something we encounter too often so every pup we do know about we monitor well.

Obviously we don't give out numbers or locations, but one seal pup in particular was born on an accessible beach, easily approached by humans and dogs. Because of this with the help of locals and holiday makers alike, the MMO (Marine Management Organisation) the landowners landlords and the local beach coffee van, along with BDMLR Medics and The Seal Project team, we kept one pup as safe as we could - with regular updates from those kind enough to watch over 'Melon' as the pup was named, and by ourselves.

Mum did give us a few tense hours, and on one overly summery September day the pup was getting quite distressed on the open, warm sunny beach - so we thought intervention might be necessary - but thankfully this wasn't needed and mum came back to feed the pup who was clearly stressed and getting dehydrated.

A matter of days later mum did abandon the pup, but the last time we saw 'Melon' - who was still a white coat - she was a nice plump pup who appeared to be coping well with life.

Here's hoping she has thrived and survived. Certainly the pups we know of, apart from some disturbance issues, were all born in kind weather conditions, with no rough seas or heavy storms to contend with.

That's not to say they are out of the woods yet, but they have had a decent start to life and here's to long and happy lives for them all.

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We planned to update you - but the show ground coverage wasn't great and to be honest the set up, the rain, the giggles, the school crowds, and the long days all took over from the simple things we all had planned. As a group we spent three days saying 'we must have a group photo'... it didn't happen, but good times were had, and Seadream Education who kindly invite us regularly to be part of this amazing Ocean Discovery Zone were awarded a Prince of Wales Award 2022 in recognition of their community work. Please check them out. they are amazing people with such knowledge. I do what I do because I love it, ( and just pointing out I have very clever qualified volunteers) but these guys are qualified and clever women who I admire greatly and we are very proud to be involved with them, and we do love the Devon County Show.

Here are a few images from this year's show... as ever, you always think you've taken more photos than you have.

Massive thanks to Hannah Beaumont who you need to check out on Instagram Meandtheplasticsea who was fab. We met during the Easter Bunny Beach clean days - check out his story and it will all make sense. Hannah kindly spent the first day of the show with us.

Days Two and Three I had both Nicola Dunkin & Jodie Warren, two of our fabulous volunteers, who alongside most of The Seal Project Team are British Divers Marine Life Rescue Marine Mammal Medics - which given along side Juliette & Jeanette from Seadream Education and the BDMLR stand run by our very own Trustee Chris Berry - who is also Devon Area Coordinator for BDMLR - it was quite a family event!

Thank you to everyone who came to talk to us, ask questions, ask us if we had dinosaurs, and cuddle and or un-entangle our cuddly seals, and the Arthur's who let us take photos - I sadly don't think we got a photo of the 'Arthur & Juliette'siblings - but if you read this please send us a photo! Its the first time our Seal skeletons have met so many name sakes, and the first time they've met siblings!

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So the last week or so has had a bit of a theme. Not seals but Dolphins. Common Dolphins. And they seem to have favoured the Brixham Harbour area. Now whilst this isn't an unusual sight, this group of 5, being in the harbour on an outgoing tide, the initial worry was that they might beach themselves, however it seemed all five, who split into two groups, were relaxed and healthy, and it was possibly more a mum and calf bonding session. Similar to something we monitored at the same time last year.

Last year it was pouring with rain, and we monitored into the dark hours, this year the sun was shining and the crowds were enjoying the amazing wildlife they didn't imagine they would ever see so easily. Our main reason for being called out - on a BDMLR (British Divers Marine Life Rescue) Marine Mammal Medic call out - once we knew the dolphins themselves were healthy and in no danger, was to ensure they were left to relax in the area with no disturbance.

This meant keeping humans, dogs, sticks, motorised & non motorised water craft away from them. This did bring some challenging moments, but on the whole we spoke to many lovely people who were amazed that they could see dolphins so closely, and freely. Wild animals need to be left to be wild hence for their welfare we wanted everyone to remain at a sensible and respectable distance, despite the dolphins proximity to us.

A massive thank you to the Head Office team the BDMLR - Link below. All The Seal Project Trustees are medics (this includes the BDMLR Devon Area Coordinator ) along with some volunteers who are medics and some wanting to be! Link below. Thanks also to the Marine Management Organisation, Torbay Harbour Authority, a number of other fantastic people and Sea Tang Guest House who run the Brixham Harbour Webcam and did an amazing thing of covering the two dolphins in the breakwater slipway area whilst we were monitoring remotely before medics could attend. This proved to be invaluable. Thank you x

Its not always obvious when you place a call to the BDMLR Hotline about a seal or dolphin, where you may be referring to. In panic and in the need to get help we often forget many obvious things, like our exact location - so one thing you may not appreciate is the call to the BDMLR hotline - is not local - so therefore be as detailed as you can be in where you are - because....

Do you know how many areas are called 'Preston' in the UK? a whopping 19!

Do you know how many sets of steps Broadsands Beach in Paignton has? Several (9 ish I think)!

So a call out to a seal to 'Preston' or 'by the steps' means one thing to the caller but possibly something different to the person taking the call. The 'What3words' App is a useful tool in this situation.

RESCUE HOTLINE: 01825 765546

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