volunteered to drive a couple of seals across the country and deliver them to Seal Rescue Ireland in Courtown. One of the beast was a big slob of teenager but the other was a small handful of orphan. Seal Rescue have a policy: when a seal weighs 35-40kg s/he is ready for the wide ocean blue; and Seal Rescue's task is to fatten up the seals to pass this threshold. Last week The Beloved got a call to say that Melisandre the tiny orphan was now At Weight; was to be launched on Sunday; and would we like to witness this rite of passage ? We would, and we did.
in 20kg boxes. These have miscellaneous catch-dates which might be 18 or 24 months in the past. That has got to be beyond the sell-by for human consumption. Occasionally there will be a rogue cod Gadus morua or hake Merluccius merluccius; but the seals are fussy and will leave such offerings on the side of their plate.
more commonly crustacea and molluscs. At least the latter don't move too fast and should be catchable.
These launches pose a bit of a dilemma for the Seal Rescue people. It is excellent publicity and, as they depend entirely on a) volunteers b) voluntary donations, seems to give income a bit of a boost. A while back they more actively advertised an event and 1,000 people turned up. You can't park 50 cars down the bohereen at the preferred launch beach, let alone 500 and the disappointed and disgruntled rubber-neckers then proceeded to bad-mouth Seal Rescue on Friendface and across the wider social media. Nobody need that sort of publicity. You can donate on-line. They need rubber-gloves; dog-crates; towels; detergent; electric kettles; Epsom salts; etc. etc. and money: you get buy any of the needed materials with money . . . except time, they cannot pay you for that.