Hi there! I shake you warmly by the flipper. My name is Fatima and I am a female grey seal. I was rescued as a pup in the early 1970s. I suffered severe head injuries from being bashed against rocks during stormy weather. The scars all over my head and nose make me easily recognizable and show the severity of my injuries. I suffer with slight brain damage as I have always had problems with both of my eyes, requiring treatment from time to time.
Over the last few years, I have encroaching pigmentation on the scarring on my eyes. That means I am gradually going blind. I'm not the only blind seal at the Sanctuary, though. Many of my friends are blind too, so the team here at the Sanctuary know exactly how to look after me. I don't know if you've heard, but I have a lovely silvery coat after my annual moult which I like to show off to people who come to see me.
The Sanctuary are very sad to report that on Thursday 9th April our beautiful elderly female Grey seal Fatima passed away peacefully in her sleep. Fatima was a well-loved matriarch of our convalescent pool and although in her old age she was thought to be almost completely blind, there are countless stories from the Animal Care Team of Fatima somehow managing to get more than her fair share of the fish! At 44 years old Fatima had seen it all and was rarely fazed by anything the team asked of her. Fatima was known to one of the oldest Grey Seals in captivity, but to the team, she will be remembered for her wicked sense of humour and her perfect combination of beauty and gentle and playful spirit. There will only ever be one Fatima and she will be sorely missed!