Seven seals released back to sea at Snettisham

7 Rescue Seals released by Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary at Snettisham Beach ANL-160519-074406009
7 Rescue Seals released by Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary at Snettisham Beach ANL-160519-074406009

A mass exodus of rescued seals headed back to the wild at Snettisham beach on Wednesday.

Another common seal and three more greys are still recuperating in the seal rescue hospital and are scheduled for release in the coming months.

7 Rescue Seals released by Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary at Snettisham Beach ANL-160519-074418009

7 Rescue Seals released by Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary at Snettisham Beach ANL-160519-074418009

Those released back into the water included two common seals and five grey seals, which were all rescued from a number East Anglian beaches between January 3 and the middle of April this year.

Aninal care worker Hollie Stephenson said: “We generally release just two or three at a time. It’s very rare for us to have so many pups well enough to go at the same time.”

All had lung infections and a variety of minor wounds with just one – grey seal Pudding – having a really nasty injury, namely a severe gash to his upper lip.

With the help of antibiotics even Pudding, who was found at Salthouse beach on March 11, made a speedy recovery.

7 Rescue Seals released by Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary at Snettisham Beach ANL-160519-074316009

7 Rescue Seals released by Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary at Snettisham Beach ANL-160519-074316009

He headed off into the big blue sea with fellow grey seals Krampus, Tinsel, Donner, and Noel, and common seals Pacman and Mivvi late on Wednesday afternoon.

7 Rescue Seals released by Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary at Snettisham Beach ANL-160519-074449009

7 Rescue Seals released by Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary at Snettisham Beach ANL-160519-074449009