Seal pup sunbathes on Sunderland beach

A seal pup which was found on Seaburn Beach on Saturday, August 8

A seal pup which was found on Seaburn Beach on Saturday, August 8

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Seaburn became “Sealburn” for the day after this young pup washed up on the beach.

Large crowds gathered around the seal pup after it was discovered on the sand on Saturday afternoon.

Thankfully, the RSCPA got someone out quite quickly to see that it was OK before letting it go back into the water.

Anthony Pickering

Anthony Pickering, of Silksworth, who was visting the seafront for the day with wife Laura, 28, and children Harriet, four, and Spencer, 16 months, managed to snap this picture of the creature.

Anthony, a community banker for Barclays, said: “We were just down the beach for the day when we saw people crowding around the seal. Thankfully, the RSCPA got someone out quite quickly to see that it was okay, before letting it go back into the water.

“It’s not the first time I’ve seen a seal pup down at the seafront, but judging by the size of the crowds, it was a bit of a surprise.

“It was lying on the sand for about 10 minutes then went off. The lady from the RSCPA said it will probably come back to the beach.”