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Cowes seal a star

Tuesday, April 12, 2016 - 12:07

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AN UNUSUAL visitor made a splash in Cowes yesterday (Monday).
The seal was spotted catching fish in the River Medina, before making his way to the steps of the Royal Yacht Squadron’s landing stage.
Stephen Voigt, of conservation group the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), was called to check on the seal due to concerns for its welfare, due to the number of people wanting to see it and take pictures.
"Just as I arrived it went into the water, but from what I could tell from all the pictures I have seen, it was healthy and in a good nutritional state," said Stephen, who believes the seal, was a one-year-old grey seal.
He warned Islanders against getting too close to seals, which can cause a painful infection called seal finger — which can lead to the need for amputation — with just the smallest scratch.
"Unless an animal needs attention it should be left alone and observed from a safe distance that will not change its behaviour and observers should remain quiet and keep any dogs on a lead and away from the seal. This will allow you and others to enjoy the experience for longer without putting yourself, or the animal at risk," he said.



Video by Paul Blackley.

Matt Blacklock Cowes Seal

Picture by Matt Blacklock.


Ross Morris Cowes Seal

Picture by Ross Morris.

Cowes seal

Picture by Rowland Glaysher.

 


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