Sea Life Scarborough’s Oldest Resident Seal Passes Away
One of SEA LIFE Scarborough’s beloved resident seals has passed away at the age of 29. Bruno, who has lived at SEA LIFE Scarborough since 1989 died on Wednesday 22nd August.
Early post mortem investigation into the cause points towards kidney issues, common in older Harbour Seals, as well old age. In the wild Harbour seals will live to be around 25-30.
Lyndsey Crawford-Darwell, head of animal care, explains “There are so few symptoms when seals have kidney issues it becomes very difficult for us to spot before things become very serious. Bruno has lived here in Scarborough since before I arrived 18 years ago and was a huge part of our little SEA LIFE family. Both the whole team and myself "are very upset at his passing but are finding comfort knowing we gave him a wonderful home for 29 years.”
Lyndsey continues, “Bruno was a real character. He developed a strong bond with one of our other residents Mando after he arrived. Mando was originally supposed to move to SEA LIFE Hunstanton but when it came time to move him Bruno was so determined not to have his best mate taken away he lay between us and Mando.
“They wanted to stay together so much Mando stayed with us and they spent the following years chasing each other round the pool! He leaves behind his other pool mates Pendle, Herbie and Ed who I’m sure will miss him as much as we will.”
Bruno was born in the wild and rescued to be rehabilitated but unfortunately an outbreak in the wild of PDV (Phocine distemper virus) meant he couldn’t be released. The team thanks all the guests who have come to visit Bruno over many years and who continue to help them support and run their seal hospital.
Sea Life Scarborough’s Oldest Resident Seal Passes Away, 23rd August 2018, 18:26 PM