Rescued seals released at Woolacombe

A heart warming sight greeted a lucky few at Woolacombe Beach as a quartet of seals were released back into the wild. The four half grown seal pups have all spent the past few months recovering at RSPCA West Hatch Wildlife Centre after being found strande

A heart warming sight greeted a lucky few at Woolacombe Beach as a quartet of seals were released back into the wild.

The four half grown seal pups have all spent the past few months recovering at RSPCA West Hatch Wildlife Centre after being found stranded on shores from Cornwall to Wales and with a range of injuries.

They were among large numbers of seals who became casualties to ferocious seas and had to be rescued during the past winter.

Thrift, a very small seal pip rescued after becoming stranded in Ilfracombe harbour is still at West Hatch and is doing well, but has some weeks to go before she puts on enough weight to enable her to be released.


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But Arrowhead, Bittersweet, Periwinkle and Ragwort have all recovered from a variety of wounds, abrasions and infections and been given the all clear to return to their lives in the wild.

"Usually our pups go to Gweek Seal Sanctuary for the last stage as they have more facilities, but this year both centres have been really busy and they just didn't have the room," explained Ellie West from West Hatch.

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"We released some at Woolacombe a few weeks ago and this is the time of year when we would normally release them. There are seals at Morte Point and they generally head for there.

"Parkin Estates have been especially helpful and transported the seals on to the beach for us, otherwise we would have had to carry them by hand."

True to her name, Arrowhead did not hang about, but left her container to make straight for the sea and was last seen heading towards Baggy Point! The others took their time and enjoyed playing in the surf for awhile before heading seaward.

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