[The Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary - If You Discover a Seal Pup in the Wild!]

DO KEEP YOUR DISTANCE

If the pup has a fluffy white coat (photo right) or a very young common seal pup (photo below), it still needs its mother. She has probably spotted you long before you have spotted her and she will be watching from a safe distance out at sea. She will only return to feed her pup when she thinks that it is safe to do so. Watch the pup from a safe distance and ask others in the area to keep well away.
Whitecoat Seal Pup
Common Seal Pup DON´T ATTEMPT TO HANDLE THE PUP

It is a wild animal, may bite and can carry infectious diseases. If the pup is handled whilst still being nursed by its mother, the scent which you leave may cause her to reject it. A pup should only be moved if it appears to be in danger from dogs, people, stormy seas or if an expert has advised you to do so.
DON´T ATTEMPT TO PUT THE PUP IN THE SEA

It may be out of the water for a good reason.


DON´T IGNORE THE SITUATION

If the pup is thin, injured or seems unwell (noisy breathing, coughing, running nose) it probably needs help.
Grey Seal Pup
Common Seal Pup Please contact the Scarborough SEA LIFE Sanctuary on 01723 373414 and/or the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) team on 01825 765546.

DO keep your distance;
DON´T attempt to handle the pup;
DON´T attempt to put the pup in the sea;
DON´T ignore the situation;
DO tell the appropriate organisation.
Wherever you live around the world, check out your nearest rescue organisation.

Be ready to get help when you discover an injured animal.
Grey Seal Pup


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