East Winch seals released back into sea

10 seals rescued at East Winch RSPCA hospital. ANL-160222-135036001
10 seals rescued at East Winch RSPCA hospital. ANL-160222-135036001
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After five months of care and treatment by staff and volunteers at RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre nine juvenile common seals and a juvenile grey seal were successfully released back to the wild.

All these seals were rescued from beaches along the Norfolk coast, the smallest common seal named Phoenix, weighed 10.3kg. from Eccles on Sea and on release was 41.5kg. The common seals all have names from the solar system.

The grey seal named Hans Solo, was admitted from Cromer in December weighing 18.5kg. and was released weighing 46kg.

The grey seals all have names from characters from Star Wars.

After releasing 10 seals, East Winch still has 52 sick seals in the hospital.

To build up the seals while they are in care they are fed on a high fat and high protein diet of mackerel and have up to 3kg of fish a day before their release, to feed one seal for a week can cost more than £28.

Photo: RSPCA