Plea to leave seal in peace as it rests up at Sunderland beach
Visitors to the city's seafront have been asked to leave a seal pup alone as it takes a rest.
Sunderland's RNLI Lifeboat Station has issued a notice asking people to leave the mammal in peace after it was spotted on Smugglers Beach this morning.
A spokesman for the volunteer team said: "We advise members of the public to stay clear of the animal and leave it to rest calmly until the tides hopefully bring its mother to find it.
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"Local authority personnel have been informed."
The message has been shared by Sunderland Coastguard Rescue Team.