Hi there! My name is Atlanta, but you can call me “Attie". I'm a female grey seal and was rescued from a beach in the Scottish highlands. After being taken to the Highland Wildlife Hospital at Ullapool, my friend Beatrice Brinkler succeeded in nursing me back to health. Unfortunately, when I was in the wild I was attacked by birds who badly damaged my eyes. Beatrice realised that there was little she could do to restore my sight, so she called the Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary for help.
I was moved to the Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary where Sue Thornton, from the Bristol-based International Zoo Veterinary Group, was called to examine me. Sue confirmed that I must have had a serious eye infection, which has now cleared up, but now I am blind.
At the end of September 2002, there was no improvement in my eyesight, so my carers decided to transfer me to Cornwall.
I finally left Oban on the 13th of October 2002. The Curator for Marine Mammals, Mark, based at the Scottish SEA LIFE Sanctuary, was my chauffer for the day and he drove me all the way to Cornwall. It was a long journey, hampered slightly by high winds, but I took it all in my stride.
Despite my blindness, I have always been a calm seal and I always trust the team at the Sanctuary. I have now settled in here at the Sanctuary, making new friends and winning the hearts of both visitors and staff.
During May 2003, I had blood samples taken as the animal care team had observed that I was losing my fur and had not moulted properly, those were chilly days! Due to abnormal hormone levels in my blood, I am now being treated in the same way as Ray and Marlin.