RSPCA say they have ‘no concerns’ for seal pup using Seaburn beach to rest

A Whitburn resident raised concerns after spotting a seal thought to be stranded on the beach in Seaburn but it is now believed to be using the area to rest.

Wednesday, 12th February 2020, 4:39 pm
Updated Wednesday, 12th February 2020, 4:39 pm

Shortly before 7.30am on Tuesday, February 11, 46-year-old Hayley Banks of Whitburn was walking by Seaburn beach when she spotted a seal on the sand.

The grey and white seal pup was laid on the sand close to South Bents Avenue and at the time, Hayley was concerned that it had become injured and stranded so she notified the RSPCA.

The seal was laid in the high winds as she captured photos and videos.

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Hayley spotted the seal while walking near Seaburn.
Hayley spotted the seal while walking near Seaburn.

After checking up on the seal on Wednesday, February 12, it was found that the seal has been seen going into the sea and returning to the beach. Now, RSPCA workers believe it is using the area to rest.

An RSPCA spokeswoman said: “This seal pup appears to be coming in and out of the sea with the tide and resting on the beach. This is perfectly normal behaviour and we have no concerns for the welfare of this pup at the moment.

“It’s common to see seal pups on their own, as the mother will leave their pups alone very early on in life. They will take to the water and find food for themselves after they’ve been weaned at about 3 to 4 weeks old, but will still come back onto beaches to rest.”

If anyone believes a seal is sick or injured you can call the RSPCA on 03001234999 for advice on what to do.

Hayley called the RSPCA after becoming concerned that the seal was stranded.

However, it is important to note that members of the public should monitor seals from a safe distance and avoid approaching them.

The RSPCA spokeswoman continued: “Do not attempt to capture or handle an injured seal. It’s important the public never approach seals and keep any dogs well away and on a lead, as these are wild animals and can have a nasty bite.”

More information and advice on what to do if you see a seal or pup in need of help can be found on the RSPCA’s website at: https://www.rspca.org.uk/adviceandwelfare/wildlife/orphanedanimals/sealpups

Hayley captured photos of the area to mark where she found the seal.