Net neck ring injury

Net abdomen ring injury

Dead young seal


Seals have been observed to suffer from a variety of injuries including bite wounds, swollen digits, missing claws and a range of 'knock' traumas. They are also prone to injuries as a result of coming into contact with marine debris, such as netting. Seals are curious creatures and have been observed playing with marker buoys and 'bottling' surrounded by storm damaged pot line. Often net gets trapped around a seal's neck and its abdomen. Netting can be fine monofilament - hard to spot from a distance or much coarser nylon fibre.

If you see a seal or pup injured or at risk from human activity - such as from people or dogs on a public beach - call the National Seal Sanctuary at Gweek on 01326 221361 or the RSPCA . They will send qualified and trained observers to assess the condition of the animal and take the most appropriate action, in the best interests of the seal.

Please remember that both healthy adult seals and healthy white coated seal pups will haul onto land. White coated pups may be left alone on a beach, watched by their mothers from the sea. Observe from a safe distance out of sight. If after a full tide cycle, you cannot see the mother, ring the Seal Sanctuary at Gweek on 01326 221361 or an RSPCA officer.

If you see a dead seal or pup, please report it to the Cornwall Strandings Hotline on 0845 201 2626.