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Unfortunately there isn't one. We are saddened that no one has encountered this seal since our post from October 2021. Unfortunately adult seals are not easily rescued. They have to be on easily accessible land for any assessment to be done - this does not apply to tidal rocky areas. Seals, despite how they appear - are fast moving when they need to be and can move quickly back into the sea if spooked. Rescuing an adult seal requires quite an organised plan of action and a good team, along with a very good opportunity for success for this to be undertaken, as wild seals have teeth, claws and attitude, especially when sick or injured.

As a result unfortunately many seals live a number of years in this entangled state before they are either found suffering, or worse. Its why we try so hard to promote litter picking etc. Seals are inquisitive creatures, we don't see the dangers in what we discard. We should.

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We have thankfully few entangled seals in the South Devon area, but in recent weeks there have been a number of reports to British Divers Marine Life Rescue regarding entangled seals. We have been called out to two of these, both along the Torbay / Dartmouth coastline. If you see this beautiful female seal - please call British Divers Marine Life Rescue immediately and we will do our best for her 01825 765546.

Photo credit: Nigel Smallbones

This particular seal has what we believe to be part of a crab or lobster pot caught around her neck. Obviously she attempted to raid a pot, and got stuck, only breaking free by taking the skirting away - the part which stops the crabs or lobsters leaving the pots once they've gone in. This isn't ideal, and no doubt frustrating for the fisherman, but is all part of the world we have to co-exist in.

Regardless of the scenario, she is entangled and this will be life limiting for her. She appears to be a juvenile female, and therefore is still growing. Like all of us during lockdown, one week a pair of jeans fit, the next you can't do up the zip or buttons. This is the easiest way to describe what for a seal can be a drawn out painful experience with no easy diet to solve the issue. She may look relaxed now, but as she grows she will increasingly be in considerable pain as this band around her neck will only get tighter.

Attempting to rescue seals beyond pup size is very difficult, they are incredibly powerful creatures with immense strength, teeth & wicked claws. They also move faster than you'd like to think, especially when frightened, so this limits what can be done. Please, if you see her, please inform BDMLR or ourselves and we will do our best for her.

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We are looking forward to introducing Arthur at this weeks Devon County Show!!.

It's an exciting day as we prepare for the Devon County Show. We install Arthur today and you can visit him and the tiny, but perfect pup skeleton 'Juliette' from Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th.

For the youngsters, come and have a go at making your own skeleton and follow our stall quiz.

Our older "youngsters" can find out about local character seals and the different barriers and problems the seal project has to overcome during the next "stay cation summer" and beyond, as we negotiate the world after Covid.

Friendly faces and plenty of information, you may even get a sticker!

We look forward to seeing you there.

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