HOPES are not high there will be a happy outcome for a seal spotted with net wrapped around its neck.
A member of the public, Nina Shimmin, noticed the seal at the weekend on the Kitterland rocks and took a photograph for the Manx Wildlife Trust.
The MWT’s Duncan Bridges said they were already aware of the problem and had been out looking for the animal, but without luck.
Even if they were able to locate it, he said, it is highly unlikely they would be able to help it.
‘Sadly, as it’s a reasonably mature animal it’s very unlikely that we’ll be able to catch it,’ he said.
It means the outlook is not good for the seal, which could succumb to infection and may even have trouble opening its mouth to feed because of the net’s restriction.
Mr Bridges said the seal’s plight highlighted a wider issue.
‘It raises the issue of plastics, netting, line, anything like that can be a big problem for wildlife, especially marine creatures and birds, that often get caught up,’ he said.
He urged anyone who spotted the seal in an accessible location to inform the MWT on 844432.
‘We’ll keep trying,’ he said.
But Mr Bridges warned members of the public not to approach the animal themselves, as it could bite.
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Sunday 19 May 2013
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