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I have found an orphaned seal on the beach. What shall I do?

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Watch the animal carefully from a safe distance. If it is appearing healthy and alert, then the mother might be close by. If the mother does not return within an hour or two, or the animal is at risk to get injured or harassed, then please inform British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR). There is a 24 hour hotline and an on call coordinator available for the whole of the UK, who will take your details.

BDMLR hotline: 01825 765546 (office hours) or 07787 433412 (out of hours)

British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR)

The coordinator will inform trained Marine Mammal Medics (MMM) in the area concerned to come and assess the situation and to organise the rescue of the animal concerned. If possible, please stay in the area of the poorly animal until help arrives. Don’t push the animal back into the water, as it needs to be assessed first. Please note, even seal pups have sharp teeth and their bite will cause serious injuries and infections.