Helping the Seals

The team at Blackwater Vets work in close collaboration with the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) to assist seals and seal pups found stranded on the beaches of Mersea.

Most memers of our team have qualified as Marine Mamal Medics.

Our knowlege of seal physiology, first aid and safe rescue techniques allows Blackwater Vets to be a primary lifeline on Mersea Island for the seal colonies off our shores.

If a seal or seal pup is reported as stranded to our practice, trained staff members will retreive it from the shoreline and bring it back to the practice.

Veterinary first aid will be given to support life until the relevant rescue organisation is able to collect the seal or seal pup and take it to one of their rescue facilities for continued care. 

Often there is a happy ending, with many of these seals being nurtured back to health and then re-released back into the wild colonies living off our English coasts.


2 Mill Road, West Mersea

Colchester, Essex



Opening Hours:

Mon-Fri:  8:30 - 19:00

Sat: 8:30 - 12:30

Tel: 01206 384999

 Sun & BH: closed

Out of Hours Tel : 01206 842224



Did you know? ..Blackwater Vets is one of only 2 veterinary practices in the Colchester region that holds an award for meeting the International Cat Care's recomendations for cat wellbeing within a veterianry clinic?