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Two injured seals recovered and released back into West Norfolk waters




Having been injured by man-made rubbish, two seals have been released back into the wild in West Norfolk.

One seal named Scylla was the fiftieth seal to be cared for at the RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre having been rescued at the beginning of October.

Scylla was left with a fishing net deeply embedded in his neck and was recovered at Horsey Beach in a joint rescue operation between local charities Friends of Horsey Seals and Marine and Wildlife Rescue.

Scylla the seal. Picture: Glenn Mingham
Scylla the seal. Picture: Glenn Mingham

A second seal named Flowerpot was rescued just over two weeks later on Sunday, October 20.

The young grey female had an unknown plastic object wedged around her neck.

Both seals were treated at East Winch where they were given antibiotics, three salt floats a day and mackerel to build up their strength.

Flowerpot the seal. Picture: SUBMITTED
Flowerpot the seal. Picture: SUBMITTED

They were released back into the water at the beginning of this month with six other common seals from a site along the Wash at Sutton Bridge.

Alison Charles, centre manager at East Winch, said: “Sadly we know that the seals that come to us are the lucky ones and I fear there are many, many more out there in our waters suffering the same fate, but they are never seen.

"We do what we can to help those that come into our care, and we are delighted that Scylla and Flowerpot have made such a great improvement.

Some of the netting and plastic collected from seals by the RSPCA since 2008. Picture: SUBMITTED
Some of the netting and plastic collected from seals by the RSPCA since 2008. Picture: SUBMITTED

"It was, as always, wonderful to see a seal slide down the river bank and head off in the water. It’s something we at the wildlife centre will never grow tired of watching.”

One key part of the rehabilitation of the seals is the salt floats they require up to three times a day. Each bag costs more than £13.

Anyone who would like to help the seals at East Winch can make a donation of a salt bag through the East Winch Amazon wish list: www.amazon.co.uk/gp/registry/wishlist/2QW97YL6JNRPQ/ref=pdp_new_wl.



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