Search

Stricken seal is rescued from netting on beach

PUBLISHED: 11:25 29 March 2018 | UPDATED: 11:46 29 March 2018

The seal that was rescued at Waxham beach. Picture: DAN GOLDSMITH

The seal that was rescued at Waxham beach. Picture: DAN GOLDSMITH

A seal caught up in a net on a north Norfolk beach has been rescued.

The netting the seal was caught in. Picture: DAN GOLDSMITHThe netting the seal was caught in. Picture: DAN GOLDSMITH

The young marine mammal was found trapped in rope netting at Waxham beach about 8.30am yesterday (Wednesday, March 28).

Great Yarmouth-based charity Marine and Wildlife Rescue went to its aid, and set the seal free after the netting was removed.

Dan Goldsmith, the charity’s chairman, said the seal was probably born late last year. He said the nylon net looked like one that could have been used on a cargo ship.

Mr Goldsmith said: “A member of the public who was out walking his dog had seen it there, just behind Waxham Sands Holiday Park.

“It was a grey seal, about 4ft long, and in a generally healthy condition - he didn’t appear to be injured.”

Peter Ansell, chairman of the Friends of Horsey Seals, and someone from the holiday park were also part of the rescue effort.

Mr Goldsmith said the netting was too tight to be pulled away from the seal. He said: “Each piece had to be cut off.

“After we cut it off, we gave him a look over, but he was quite keen to get away at this point.

“He went very strongly back into the sea.”

Mr Goldsmith said the incident showed the changed conditions on Norfolk’s beaches.

He said: “It really highlights how with the recent storms and the loss of sand from the beach there has been so much debris washed up onto the coast.

“They had done a beach clean recently but there was still so much stuff down there.

“We’re getting more and more calls of this sort along the coast, for both seals and sea birds.”

In February, a seal was returned to Horsey Beach by staff from RSPCA’s East Winch Wildlife Centre, six months after she was found at the beach with a frisbee embedded in her neck.

Other News

Yesterday, 19:51

Firefighters were called after arcing electrical cables sparked a blaze in a building in Great Yarmouth.

Yesterday, 14:57

Another drink-driver has been arrested in Norfolk overnight as police continue their winter drink and drug driving campaign.

Yesterday, 13:42

Traffic came to a standstill on Acle Straight, off the A47 after an abnormal load was transported through Great Yarmouth today.

Yesterday, 09:48

After a soggy start to the weekend retailers are hoping shoppers will venture out in greater numbers today after a slump in footfall on Saturday.

Most Read

Yesterday, 19:51

Firefighters were called after arcing electrical cables sparked a blaze in a building in Great Yarmouth.

Read more
Yesterday, 14:57

Another drink-driver has been arrested in Norfolk overnight as police continue their winter drink and drug driving campaign.

Read more
Yesterday, 06:00

The last of the tiny snails which hold the key to the prospect of the A47 Acle Straight being dualled have finally been moved .

Read more
Yesterday, 13:42

Traffic came to a standstill on Acle Straight, off the A47 after an abnormal load was transported through Great Yarmouth today.

Read more
Friday, December 14, 2018

A “dangerous” arsonist, who risked lives by setting fire to his home in Great Yarmouth, was jailed before for starting two fires at a previous address, a court heard.

Read more
Martin Ivory

Local Weather

Partly Cloudy

Partly Cloudy

max temp: 8°C

min temp: 5°C

Hot Jobs

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

cover

Enjoy the Great
Yarmouth Mercury

e-edition today

Subscribe

Newsletter Sign Up

Great Yarmouth Mercury weekly newsletter
Sign up to receive our regular email newsletter

Our Privacy Policy