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Stranded seal found 20 miles from the ocean

Posted on Tuesday, 23 December, 2014 | Comment icon 22 comments

Grey seals are not well adapted for traveling long distances on land. Image Credit: PD - Boyd Amanda
Residents of rural merseyside were perplexed when the young seaborne mammal turned up in a field.
The misplaced seal was discovered by a local dog walker in the countryside near Newton-le-Willows in north-west England which is more than twenty miles from the coast.

It isn't clear exactly how it got there but local wildlife officials have suggested that it may have traveled up a nearby brook.

Police officers and animal rescuers urged members of the public not to approach the animal in case it turned aggressive.

"Police and fire officers, with the help of a local farmer, have herded the seal on to an RSPCA trailer," Merseyside police said in a statement. "Its condition is described as being exhausted and has now been taken to the RSPCA’s wildlife hospital in Stapeley Grange, Nantwich, for assessment."

The nearest grey seal colony is near Hilbre Island in the Dee estuary more than fifty miles away.

"We think he’s come from the Mersey area, which is tidal, and he’s come up the bank here and he’s got lost," said Rachael Fraser of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue Service. "It's very unusual."

Source: The Guardian | Comments (22)

Tags: Seal, Stranded

Recent comments on this story
Comment icon #13 Posted by Calibeliever on 24 December, 2014, 14:27
I used to work on the ocean and I've heard of and witnessed people doing some not so kind things to gray seals and other wildlife. I wouldn't put it past a human to net one and transport it to the mainland and dump it. Trust me I've seen much worse. Sadly true.
Comment icon #14 Posted by BiffSplitkins on 24 December, 2014, 14:28
He got lost looking for his friends, they were supposed to meet up and go out clubbing.
Comment icon #15 Posted by Atuke on 25 December, 2014, 14:41
He got lost looking for his friends, they were supposed to meet up and go out clubbing. Unfortunately I get the joke. Good one though
Comment icon #16 Posted by Still Waters on 26 December, 2014, 13:02
Update - The seal that was found stranded 20 miles inland in a Merseyside field has been named Dumbledore by RSPCA staff, who say it still needs a lot of veterinary care before it can be returned to the wild.The seal has a head injury and an RSPCA spokesman said that while staff at East Winch were "hopeful that he will make a full recovery" it was "too early to tell how he will respond in the long term". http://www.telegraph...inary-care.html
Comment icon #17 Posted by stevewinn on 27 December, 2014, 13:10
Its in my neck of the woods this, the Seal made its way that far inland by swimming up the River Mersey estuary and then followed brooks inland. He's now in the care of the RSPCA, who have named him Dumbledore. He seems to be suffering from a Respiratory infection and is being treated with Antibiotics - and once he's made a full recovery he'll be released back into the seal colony in the Dee estuary at Hilbre Island. (reported on Local Radio today) It was funny watching the rescue attempt on the Local News channel. the Police, Fire & rescue and RSPCA, and British Divers Marine Life Rescue ... [More]
Comment icon #18 Posted by third_eye on 27 December, 2014, 14:59
Wow ... he must have pished off some mean Eskimos ~
Comment icon #19 Posted by stevewinn on 24 January, 2015, 20:28
just to update, the Seal died last week, It was reported on Local Radio.He died of pneumonia. “Staff at the centre worked tirelessly to make sure Dumbledore was comfortable and to treat him for his ailments. He was found to be suffering from pneumonia and was listless with no appetite. “While X-rays showed he had no trauma from injuries and his severe pneumonia was being treated with antibiotic injections every day his appetite never fully returned. “After 26 days in care and despite receiving highly skilled care his health was deteriorating fast and he died on Saturday night. http://www.liver... [More]
Comment icon #20 Posted by Skep B on 24 January, 2015, 20:56
Huh, was hoping this was about the singer. .....what? I'm weird that's life
Comment icon #21 Posted by Still Waters on 24 January, 2015, 21:05
just to update, the Seal died last week, It was reported on Local Radio.He died of pneumonia. Thanks Steve for the update........that's a shame
Comment icon #22 Posted by JVG on 24 January, 2015, 23:50
Sorry to hear that the seal died man life sucks sometimes...

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