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Seal pups rescued after storms

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  • by Jackie Turley
 

Stormy weather has led to a surge in the number of seal pup rescues carried out by the ManxSPCA.

The charity’s base at Ard Jerkyll currently has five grey seal pups in its care – it has rescued more but some were unable to be saved.

Jenny Corran, head of the seal unit, said the public had been ‘wonderful’ – alerting the charity of the stranded pup in each case.

And she urged people that come across a seal pup to get in touch ‘any time of the day or night’.

They have been rescued from Peel’s Fenella beach, Langness, Fleshwick, Douglas beach and, most recently, from Port Jack.

Jenny said: ‘Most of them are underweight and suffering from flu. They are coming in at 10kg when they should be 30kg. Our aim is to get them up to 30kg plus and get them released.

‘They are coming round slowly, it is slowly but they are starting to improve.’

She explained seal pups are left by their mums to fend for themselves after three weeks.

They need to shed their white coat, which isn’t waterproof, and get to sea to feed. But the rough seas means they haven’t been going out to sea.

This year’s seal pups are named after good luck charms, and include Fortune, Thunderball, Clover and Shamrock.

It’s hoped Lepricorn, found at Fleshwick, will be able to be released this week.

 

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