Rescued seal pup loses fight for life

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A RESCUED seal pup that was thought to be making good progress has died.

The pup that was beached on the seacoal shore of Hartlepool Bay, off Marina Drive, could not be saved despite the best efforts of marine medics.

People living in flats next to the water’s edge heard the common seal whimpering all night and a call was put in to charity volunteers from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) team.

They took it to Scarborough Sea Life Centre to investigate why it was stranded and gave the pup antibiotics and fed it.

But the seal, named Ariel by staff at the centre, was very weak and had a large abscess on the side of his face and another on his hip.

Mark Swales, a volunteer marine life medic with BDMLR, said: “I received the bad news that the seal named Ariel by the Sea Life Centre has died.

“Apparently the condition of her was improving but the abscesses were too much for her weakened state and she didn’t make it.

“There are a lot of pups being washed up with these type of infections and the cause is not known.”

The BDMLR deal with rescues of all kinds of marine life and urge people to tell them about any animals in danger.

They advise to note the place, state of the tide and any injuries the animal has, but without getting too close as it can cause distress and some animals can be dangerous.

The service can be contacted on (01825) 765546 during office hours or on 07787433412 out of hours.