Snettisham release for Magnum and pals

Seal release by RSPCA at Snettisham beach ANL-151019-122827009
Seal release by RSPCA at Snettisham beach ANL-151019-122827009
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A second batch of seals was released back to the sea on Monday by Hunstanton Sea Life Sanctuary after they were nursed back to health.

The busiest year of seal rescue in the Sanctuary’s history saw it respond to more than 50 emergency calls, and take a total of 37 seals into its care.

Seal release by RSPCA at Snettisham beach ANL-151019-123258009

Seal release by RSPCA at Snettisham beach ANL-151019-123258009

Five seals, Magnum, Solero, Haribo, Twister and Cornetto, were released on Snettisham Beach.

Sanctuary general manager Nigel Croasdale said: “It’s been an unbelievably busy summer for us, with both our indoor hospital and outdoor convalescence pool more crowded than they have ever been before.

“A few weeks ago in September the first two seals were released, Hemera and Artemis, but now with more youngsters reaching their target weight we can release five in one go’’ said animal care expert Natalie Emmerson.

Magnum was the first seal of the summer-pupping season to be rescued from a beach at Heacham.

He had lost his mother when only a couple of days old and would not have survived without the help of the Sea Life Sanctuary rescue team.

Ms Emmerson said that saying goodbye to Magnum made it a particularly emotional experience.

She said: “He has always been my favourite little boy ever since first rescuing him back on June 11.

Mr Croasdale said the moment of release is always “a bitter-sweet moment when they head off into the surf, but that is what the team work to achieve and it is always a satisfying moment to see them all swim off into the sea”.

The release came a year after the Sanctuary reopened to the public following damage wreaked by the December 2013 storm surge.