Five seal pups helped.

The five pups had been cared for at the North Bay at­trac­tion since July fol­low­ing res­cue

The Scarborough Evening News - - FRONT PAGE - by carl gav­aghan carl.gav­aghan@jpress Twit­ter @carl­gav­aghan

Staff at Sea Life Scar­bor­ough have re­cently waved farewell to five seal pups as they re­turned to the wild.

The pups had been cared for by the aquar­ium since July.

The four com­mon seal pups – Baron, Jane, Mar­jorie and Mar­garet and a grey seal pup, Ha­banero – were all res­cued over the sum­mer for a range of dif­fer­ent is­sues, most com­monly ab­scesses in their mouths which af­fect their abil­ity to eat.

The an­i­mal care team at Sea Life worked hard to treat these is­sues in the ded­i­cated seal res­cue hospi­tal be­fore re­ha­bil­i­tat­ing the pups in the main seal pool prior to their re­lease.

With the help of the RSPCA and their boats, the lit­tle ones were re­turned to a lo­cal colony where they can con­tinue feed­ing up ahead of the colder months.

Se­nior aquar­ist Todd Ger­man, who co­or­di­nated the re­lease, said: “This is the best out­come we could have hoped for. Some of these pups weren’t look­ing too good when we res­cued them so it’s a huge suc­cess that we’ve man­aged to re­turn them all to the wild.

“Par­tic­u­larly for the com- mon seal pups, which were only a few weeks old when they ar­rived, it has been very en­cour­ag­ing see­ing them gain weight and grow into the chunky lit­tle guys we re­leased.

“Sea Life Scar­bor­ough has been res­cu­ing and re­leas­ing seal pups for over 20 years, cares for over 30 pups on av­er­age ev­ery year. The com­mon seal breeds in sum­mer and the grey seal in win­ter so the team is kept busy al­most all year round. As we move into the win­ter months and the grey seal pup­ping sea­son, Todd ex­plains the need for hu­mans to keep their dis­tance around wild seals on the beach.

He said: “We’ve seen a high level of dis­tur­bance in Raven­scar this sum­mer, which is a grow­ing colony.

“Whilst it’s great that peo­ple are get­ting out into na­ture and vis­it­ing the wildlife in this area, it is im­por­tant that we re­spect the an­i­mals.”

One of the re­leased seals

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