Cornish Seal Sanctuary plea to the public to keep
litter off the beach



Shocking footage filmed on the North Coast of Cornwall shows a seal pup surrounded by plastic rubbish in the water.

As the Grey seal pup season comes to an end, the Cornish Seal Sanctuary are asking the public to dispose of their rubbish properly as it can have a dangerous impact on wildlife on land and in our oceans.
Seal pup surrounded by plastic bottles
Hope being released back into the wild This year, the Sanctuary have rehabilitated 79 seal pups from around the Cornish coastline, and amongst those rescued by both British Divers Marine Life Rescue and the Sanctuary team, there have been 5 pups that have had to come in for treatment due to entanglement and plastic ingestion.


Photo left: Hope - one of the rescued seal pups
A grey seal pup named "G.I. Joe" (photo right) was one of the unlucky pups that came to the Sanctuary due to entanglement related injuries. He was rescued on the 8th February 2019 from Loe Bar beach as he was found entangled in netting around his neck.

His injuries seemed superficial when he first arrived, but after a week of recovering at the Sanctuary a large wound began to reveal itself and open up around his neck.
GI Joe - Photo credit Craig Ashley
GI Joe The team had to clean his wound twice a day and he was put on a course of antibiotics in order to help keep any infections away. Thankfully, G.I. Joe (photo left) recovered well and was able to be released back into the wild after going through rehabilitation.

Whilst the 5 pups that were rescued this year have been able to be released back into the wild, this may not be the case for wild seals and other animals who aren´t able to be rescued who may be suffering due to rubbish in our oceans.
With over 8 million pieces of plastics entering our oceans on a daily basis, and over 1 million marine animals dying annually as a result of marine litter, it is vital that we do all that we can to reduce the amount of litter in our oceans.

Alexandra Pearce, Fundraiser and Conservation Co-ordinator for the Sanctuary said "When you´ve had a long day on the beach, it can be quite tempting to simply leave your barbecue, body boards and food wrappers behind, especially if there are no bins or you have a bit of a walk ahead."
Pollution in the sea
Cornish Seal Sanctuary "But whilst it might be 15 minutes of inconvenience, by taking your litter home with you, you could be preventing a piece of rubbish ending up in the marine environment where it could stay for hundreds of years, causing lots of damage to wildlife."
As Cornwall is coming into a busy few months with lots of people flocking to local beaches, the Sanctuary plea for the public to take all your litter home with you and dispose of it correctly; reduce, reuse and recycle and pick up litter whenever you can.

If we all work together, we can tackle this issue and hopefully we can help to safeguard our environments for the future generation.
Perranporth beach


Press Release issued by the Cornish Seal Sanctuary / The SEA LIFE Trust
For more details, please contact Georgina Shannon on 01326 221361
Issue Date: 20th May 2019


Click here to watch Shocking footage filmed on the North Coast of Cornwall shows a seal pup surrounded by plastic rubbish in the water


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