After that first sighting, a team of rescuers tried its best to intervene, but Lucky Star fled into the ocean before he could be captured onshore. Those trying to help him were disappointed, but they were determined to save the seal's life.
Lucky Star was seen numerous times in the following weeks and months, though reaching him was a different story.
"When he was seen, he would often be heartbreakingly just out of reach, either hauled out on offshore rocks or swimming in the sea where it was impossible to get him," the Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust said in a release.
But then came a lucky break.