Seals

  1. Mystery of mass 'die-off' of seal pups in Namibia

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    Video caption: Scientists are trying to find out why thousands of seal pups have been born dead

    Scientists are trying to find out why thousands of seal pups have been born dead at Pelican Point in Namibia. They've also found a number of dying adult females.

  2. Three rescued seal pups return to wild

    Three rescued seal pups have been released back into the wild after recovering from their injuries.

    The trio, who have all gained weight, returned to the sea off Whitley Bay with the help of volunteers.

    Seals released from cages on beach

    Barnabus, Tarquin and Ozzy were rescued after being found injured during the summer in South Shields and Hendon.

    Richard Ilderton, co-manager of Tynemouth Seal Hospital, said to see the trio healthy and return to the wild was "absolutely perfect".

  3. Thousands of seal pups found dead in Namibia

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    Video caption: Conservation groups are trying to find out the reason why

    Conservation groups are trying to find out the reason why.

  4. Seal group urges people to keep their distance

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    People who spot seal pups around Cornwall are being urged not post videos or pictures of them on social media.

    Conservationists said it was vital mothers and pups were left alone in the coming months so they could build up their strength for winter.

    And they said that, every time a mother was spooked, a pup missed a vital meal.

    Sue Sayer, from the Cornwall Seal Group, said giving away their location online was adding to the problem.

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    Video caption: Seal breeding season's begun! Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust says keep your distance
  5. Seal spotted in river at Chester-le-Street

    This seal spotted by Billy Atkinson at the Riverside has had a bit of a travel, swimming about 10 miles inland to Chester-le-Street.

    He was spotted when the river was in flood and was probably on the hunt for salmon and sea trout making their way up river.

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    Dorinda Kealoha, engagement officer for Durham Wildlife Trust, said: “While grey and harbour seals are coastal mammals, it is not unheard of for them to swim upstream from time to time.

    "In this case, the seal is probably enjoying some freshwater fish, perhaps following some salmon migrating upstream at this time of year to spawn."

    Quote Message: We would urge people not to approach or feed seals, observe from a distance and keep dogs on leads.
    Quote Message: Healthy seals will be able to find their way back to the sea." from Dorinda Kealoha Durham Wildlife Trust
    Dorinda KealohaDurham Wildlife Trust

    Anyone who sees a seal which appears in distress or injured, is asked to contact the British Divers Marine Life Rescue.

  6. Pup among the pebbles: Walney reserve celebrates new life

    It is only six years since grey seals started breeding as well as "hauling out" on the beach at the southern tip of Walney, but last winter at least seven pups were born there.

    Now the Cumbrian Wildlife Trust reserve staff who guard the colony from disturbance say a new season has started. There's a link to the webcam on the tweet.

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    Video caption: Seal of approval: Gavin the celebrity seal makes a splash

    A Sussex seal's habit of hitching a ride with passing paddleboarders is making him a local celebrity.

  8. Appeal to look out for seal trapped in net

    BBC Radio Cornwall

    People are being urged to look out for a seal trapped in a fishing net.

    The Cornwall Seal Group Research Trust published a photo on its Facebook page of a seal tangled in the fishing net.

    The animal was spotted close to Boscastle by one of their volunteers.

    Sue Sayer, who is from the trust, is appealing for further sightings as they may lead to the seal being freed.

    "The thing about seals is they can swim 100km a day so we are asking people anywhere on the north coast really to look out for it".

    If it is seen on land, they hope to free the seal from the net.

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    Video caption: The seal climbed onto the paddleboard during a beginner's lesson on the River Witham.
  10. People in Torbay 'need to respect wildlife'

    Andrew Segal

    BBC South West

    People living and visiting Torbay are being reminded to "respect wildlife in the bay" by the local council after people tried to get close to marine wildlife.

    Torbay Council said the message to stay away from animals "needs to be repeated" after personal watercraft were recently seen "riding after dolphin pods" and tourists were observed "trying to pet wild seals".

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    Video caption: Seal lured away from Norfolk Broads after climbing on kayaks

    The seal popped up in Ludham for about five days.

  12. Diving With Seals In Scotland

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    Video caption: Seals are basically like dogs of the sea.

    Seals are basically like dogs of the sea.