British Divers Marine Life Rescue
British Divers Marine Life Rescue (photo: Steve Marsh)
British Divers Marine Rescue


2007-04-26 14:58:33

Sad end for ill seal, Scotland

A call was recieved today from members of the public (who wish to remain anonymous) informing us of a young juvenile grey seal clearly in distress on the mid tide line at Lunan Bay beach. The seal was dragging itself very slowly and with great effort through the sand heading for the surf. The seal had virtually just made it to the surfline,and its life expired by the time Medic Thom McNeil had arrived. The seal was a male, measuring 163cms in length and going through its moult which had nearly reached its "peak" point. There was no visible signs of trauma / injury / and Bob Reid of SAC was called to see if he wanted this seal for post mortem given that we dont know how far it has travelled to reach our area and with the sewage pollutions in the Firth of Forth currently a cause for concern for marinelife. SAC are extremely busy with post mortems being carried out on a cetacean from Uist and were unable to uplift the body. Had they not been overloaded with work, the seal would have gone for post mortem to determine the cause of death.

Many thanks to the members of the public (you know who you are), Medic Thom McNeil, Jason Carter (BDMLR on call), Bob Reid (SAC)

Elaine Roft
Marine Mammal Medic
Montrose / Arbroath Area Co-ordinator