Ladies Camera Club

18 Aug 2011

To the rescue

Last week, when we went to pick up our curly girl from my mums, we had taken Eddy on a beach walk. As we took to the promenade, we saw a commotion on the beach but thought it was just a family gathering having some fun. We continued our walk, just doing walky stuff and mainly connecting as a family. But on the way back we heard people talking and pointing to the previous commotion on the beach. Apparently a seal had become "stranded". So Belle and I rushed to go and see because, ahem.... I had my camera to hand.

When I took this picture of Ellie last week, we had no idea that at this precise time that the commotion was going on just 50 metres away behind her.
When we got there, the Seal rescue was driving away and both Belles and my heart sank :( It turns out she was turning around and as soon as she saw Ellie and I almost crying (seriously, we were THAT disappointed) she pulled down her window and said she would meet us up on the promenade so we could see. Belles and I skipped a little and I carried Belles to the promenade as she had no energy to walk further. The woman opened up the back of the rescue car so we could have a look at this little mite, here.

If you notice, his mouth is all red which has been ulcerated from a common infection to seals at this time of year. Also, she claimed, that he wasn't stranded as seals never become stranded - they are 80% land mammals. And what is more upsetting is that humans who come across a seal then think they are water starved and end up pouring water over them to keep them "alive". This is wrong. It only brings-on hypothermia because, like she says, they are land mammals and can survive out of water, using the water to forage for food and play.

Belles and I were crying our eyes out at the sad stories she told us about how cruel humans can be to baby seals and how these baby seals live and die as part of nature. This pup is 5 weeks old, the age they become naturally separated from their mums. He was only "lost" but also in pain with his ulceration. The Seal lady told me that she would take this little darling to the rescue centre, treat his infection (they love the medication, they practically guzzle the stuff down!) and they will release him back to the cruel seas when he reached 32lbs.

It was lovely to be able to see him close up I mean, who can resist those huge eyes and furry skins?

If you have a couple of quid to spare, would to like to donate some to the Seal Rescue Centre at Scarborough - so that lost, lil pups like these can be loved and treated humanely instead of being kicked or hounded by kids on the beach for fun.


Paula - Buenos Aires said...

That picture of Belle is delightful! Such a happy, cheeky smile.
Sad seal stories indeed. {gentle pat for baby seal}

Sue said...

So cute. We have a seal rescue place at Hunstanton.

Jo Street said...

What a story, the seals are gorgeous. I've been to the Seal Rescue Centre at Scarborough, and was hooked, didn't want to leave the place, they are so wonderful to watch. Well worth a visit - and donation!!

Anonymous said...

Hi Kir,
dropped the piccy off with the seal rescue lady, she said thanks. dad x

Susan said...

You need to go to Donna Nook in Lincolnshire if you haven't been there before.
In a few months time there will be hundreds of seals on the beach there.

mckinkle said...

What a gorgeous close up of that stunning creature. Yet my stomach churns at the thought of some mindless 'kids' abusing them. What a terrible job their parents did of bringing them up is all I can say.

Glad you managed to catch up with the rescuer and see the seal cub.

Keryn x