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

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2013-12-06 11:44:46

UK tidal surge and storms hit marine wildlife

British Divers Marine Life Rescue is asking members of the public to avoid picking up any seal pups that have been affected by the recent storms and tidal surge around the UK.

Calls have now started to come in to Head Office about seals that have been displaced all along the east coast and BDMLR volunteer medics are currently out checking up on reports.

BDMLR Operations Manager Stephen Marsh explains "As this is the grey seal pupping season it is likely that young animals will have been washed away from colonies and ended up in areas where they are not normally seen.  Some will by now have been weaned and therefore are not dependent upon their mothers, but whatever their size it is imperative that seals are not pushed or frightened back into the sea as they will need to rest.

"It is also likely that porpoises, being coastal animals, may also be washed up on beaches.  We already know of porpoises in the Thames above the closed Thames Barrier but as long as river traffic is aware, these should be safe and be able to rest in calmer waters.  There is plenty of food in the Thames on which they can feed.".

The public is urged not to get close to beached animals and to keep dogs well away.  If there is concern about any animals then they should call BDMLR head office on 01825 765546 weekdays from 9am-5pm or our out-of-hours number on 07787 433412 in the evenings and weekends. Please note that neither number receives texts. The charity will then send local trained volunteers to assess the situation and provide first aid and support where necessary.

Stephen Marsh
BDMLR Operations Manager