It’s not always easy to get right result

jottings, injured seal
jottings, injured seal

At this time of year we get plenty of calls about seals on the beaches along the coastline from Eyemouth to Goswick.

Usually these seals are young ones that have been ‘parked’ by their mothers while they go off to sea to feed.

These young seals can be left and will be collected by their mothers later.

We do not have the facilities needed to care for injured seals.

We do not pick up any injured adult seal but we call on British Divers Marine Life Rescue who will come out and do what they can for them.

If a young seal is found injured we bring it in to The David Rollo Centre and if the injuries are treatable we pass on the animal to either the RSPCA or the SSPCA depending which side of the border it was found.

There has been one young seal on Goswick beach for a couple of weeks now, not in the exact same place each day but perfectly well very plump so not in need of our help.

Kay did, when out walking her dogs, spot a young seal that had a nasty eye injury. It still had half of its white baby fur so was not very old.

She returned later with Dick and a large holdall we use for containing seal pups in transit.

The pup was lethargic and thin and was not too difficult to bag up.

When they got it back to the Rollo Centre and examined it they were not sure it would survive as it seemed so weak. The photograph shows it in its temporary pen.

As it was Boxing Day it was difficult to get hold of anyone to take the seal pup.

Mary Carruthers at Blue Reef was able to take it so Dick went to help Kay bag up the seal to take it to Purdy Lodge, south of Belford, where she would meet with someone from Blue Reef and transfer the animal.

They found that a couple of hours rest had given the pup a new lease of life. It was much more difficult to bag up this time.

Mary was able to force feed the pup to keep up its weight but after a vet had examined the injuries and reported that the animal would have to have the eye removed it was transferred to the SSPCA who would arrange the surgery and give the aftercare the animal needs before it can be released.

Mary has told us that they can manage with one eye very well as their whiskers are very sensitive and these help them hunt for food.

Sometimes it seems quite complicated to get the right result but we always do what we can.

Looking after seals is specialised and we are unable to keep them for long with the facilities we have.