Injured seal rescued from Eastbourne beach

Wildlife teams were called to a wounded seal on Eastbourne seafront yesterday afternoon (Thursday).

Friday, 31st August 2018, 12:04 pm
Updated Monday, 3rd September 2018, 12:17 pm
The seal was rescued from an Eastbourne beach, photo by WRAS

A young seal just over one metre in length was spotted on the beach by the Western Lawns with blood on its coat at about 4pm.

Rescuers from WRAS (East Sussex Wildlife Rescue an Ambulance Service) arrived on scene to find a crowd of people watching the seal. Lifeguards were also in attendance ensuring people did not get too close.

Experienced marine mammal medics Trevor Weeks and Chris Riddington walked down onto the beach and positioned themselves between the seal and water blocking the seal’s escape route. They then approach the seal, swiftly catching it. Trevor pinned the seal to the floor whilst Chris checked over the rear of the animal and Trevor checked over the front.

Photo by WRAS

WRAS said there were numerous punctures wounds around the muzzle and to the flippers which were not fresh and also infected. Some of the wounds were bleeding too. The seal was lifted and carried back to the waiting veterinary ambulance.

The seal was take back to WRAS’s Veterinary Hospital where the wounds were cleaned up before being transported to the RSPCA Mallydams Wood centre at Hastings, where they have specialist seal facilities.

It is hoped that the seal will make a complete recovery in due course.

The seal was rescued from an Eastbourne beach, photo by WRAS