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What to do if you see a seal pup

What to do if you see a seal pup

Wednesday 20 October 2021

What to do if you see a seal pup


MEDIA RELEASE: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and not Bailiwick Express

Every Autumn, grey seal pups will wash up on local shores and the GSPCA has issued advice on what to do if you see a seal pup in need.

It is extremely important not to approach or get too close as this can often scare the mother away. 

GSPCA Manager Steve Byrne said: “As we move closer to the winter we often see rough seas which can separate seal mothers from their pups.” 

“If anyone see's a pup with or without a mum we really do appreciate a call so that we are aware of its location and condition or send us a few pictures by email or social media, but please don’t approach them and certainly don’t let your dogs get near.” 

“For those that don’t know a healthy pup looks like a big, stuffed maggot without a neck.” 

“However, a thin pup looks sleek, not necessarily bony and has a visible neck, like a healthy dog.” 

“We recently released two seal pups we helped last winter and we are hoping to get the other two back to the wild soon.” 

“It is the grey seal that we predominately see around our shores and with the such stormy weather the mums could easily get separated or pups harmed due to the sea conditions.” 

“If you have a concern call us on 01481 257261 and chose option 2 for our 24/7 emergency helpline.”

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