Record-breaking year for Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary

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If gold medals were given out for seal rescues, the Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary would be top of the tree in what has been a record-breaking year.

So far in 2016 a staggering 52 seals have been rescused in the busiest summer yet for the centre.

However, the sanctuary has also seen the financial burden of its rescue work soar with more than £28,000 being spent on medications and feed alone.

With more than four months of the year still to go, nine more seals than last year have already been saved.

Displays curator and seal rescue expert Kieran Copeland said: “First there was the sperm whale stranding’s, our involvement in which raised the profile of the sanctuary and alerted a lot more people to the fact that we’re here and doing this work.

“Then there have been closures of other facilities like the Winterton Seal Hospital, and finally there has been lots of sunny weather.”

He explained that sunshine gets more people on the beaches and is increasing the likelihood of seal mums that have hauled out with their pups being disturbed and abandoning their offspring.

This is why it’s so important for the public to be aware of seals and what to do when coming across one.

The most expensive seal pup in recent months has been Bonnie, who has cost around £6,000.

Mr Copeland said: “Bonnie was found abandoned on Old Hunstanton Beach late June and received emergency treatment.

“A local vet had to wire her lower jaw together in the hope she would be able to eat whole fish again.”