November 20, 2010
Stranded seal washed up on Burnham-On-Sea beach is rescued
stranded seal was rescued by wildlife carers after being washed
up on Burnham-On-Sea beach on Friday evening (November 19th).
The common seal, pictured here, was spotted in a disorientated
state on the sands near Burnham Low Lighthouse by a beach walker.
Rescuers from East Huntspill based wildlife charity Secret World
were called to help it and the animal was taken away for a checkover
Secret World Animal Care Manager Sara Cowen told Burnham-On-Sea.com:
"The seal had some blood on its coat, but is otherwise in
good shape and healthy."
gave it a checkover and it was released on Sunday evening."
"It is quite rare to see seals on Burnham beach and I think
the animal may have become disorientated and been washed up the
estuary during this week's floods."
not the first time that seals have been washed ashore in our area,
was washed up on the beach at Brean in 2008 and a
seal pup was also found alive on Berrow beach in November
fortnight ago, a walker on Brean beach found the body of a dolphin
or porpoise washed up on the sands.
These photos show the seal being retrieved from Burnham beach
by the Secret World team on Friday evening