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‘Healthy’ Marty the seal ready to return to wild

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AFTER being found in an emaciated state at Green Island in mid-December, one lucky seal is due to be released back into the wild after being nursed back to full health.

Marty the seal tucking into a fish. He was found at Green Island in December 2018 in an emaciated state

Following his discovery, Marty was transferred to the GSPCA’s sealife rescue centre in Guernsey where he has spent the past four-to-five months recovering from a number of ailments including a chest infection.

Steve Byrne, GSPCA manager, said that his staff had managed to get the seal’s weight from between 6-8kg up to a healthy 51kg, and that he was due to be released at the Ecréhous today.

Mr Byrne said: ‘All the paperwork is in place and we have a lovely family from Jersey who is helping take us and Marty back to his home waters in Jersey.

‘Like with Sami two years ago, the plan for his release will be at Les Ecréhous, all being well, on Good Friday on what should be a lovely day.

‘When he first arrived, he was almost a third to a quarter of the body weight he should have been and now after months of care he looks like a fat sausage so he is ready for the wild.

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

Anyone who wishes to contribute to the care of the GSPCA’s other seals should visit giving.gg and search for ‘help the seal pups at the GSPCA’.

Ed Taylor

By Ed Taylor
Journalist

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