Search

WATCH: The moment a stricken seal was rescued from a north Norfolk beach

PUBLISHED: 16:59 02 July 2018 | UPDATED: 19:34 02 July 2018

An image from the video of a seal rescue on Waxham beach. Picture: LORNA BURROUGHS

An image from the video of a seal rescue on Waxham beach. Picture: LORNA BURROUGHS

Archant

Dramatic footage shows the moment a seal entangled at netting on a Norfolk beach was rescued.

The female grey seal had been seen on the beach at Waxham, near Sea Palling, for several days and two unsuccessful attempts had been made to catch it so the netting could be removed.

However on Sunday (July 1) Great Yarmouth-based charity Marine and Wildlife Rescue, Marine and Wildlife Rescue and the Friends of Horsey Seals made a combined effort to catch the mammal, successfully snaring it so it could be taken to the East Winch Wildlife Centre for care.

Dan Goldsmith, the charity’s chairman, said the seal was slightly separated from a colony of others, allowing the rescue team to move in.

He said: “It wasn’t as aware as it should have been, and it was a bit on its own, which made it a bit easier to approach. But I would imagine it was in quite a bit of discomfort having the netting on it.

“They were only a few metres away from the sea. The rest of the colony moved off before she did.”

MORE: ‘Very sick’ grey seal pup with septic cuts rescued from Mundesley beach

Mr Goldsmith said it was lucky the rescue had gone as smoothly as it did.

He said: “You never quite know how it’s going to go. They are very wary creatures and they can be very aggressive so you have to be so careful.”

He said the seal underwent treatment today to have the netting removed.

But Mr Goldsmith said this seal was not the only they were aware of around Waxham beach which was suffering from the effects of marine pollution.

He said: “There are others in the area which still have netting or various pieces attached to them.”

Other News

Yesterday, 20:03

It was a case of Christmas come early for a number of youngsters at a Norfolk hospital who met their footballing heroes.

Yesterday, 19:52

Libraries around Norfolk are inviting people in for free tea and a friendly chat to help combat loneliness.

Yesterday, 17:56

For one 16-year-old boy from Norfolk, Thursday, December 6 started like any other weekday.

A delayed motion looking to reduce period poverty in the Great Yarmouth borough is to be discussed once more by councillors.

Most Read

Mon, 18:00

School trips usually involve taking children to see one of Shakespeare’s great plays or visiting a historic museum.

Read more

Plans for a former pub to be turned into a luxury tobacconist have been put under fire by a nearby health centre, with bosses arguing it would “give out entirely the wrong message”.

Read more
NHS
Mon, 11:42

Would you like to play a major part in restoring one of Great Yarmouth’s most historic tourist attractions to its former glory?

Read more
Barry Coleman
Mon, 09:21

A joyrider was arrested after crashing into a traffic bollard - and was found to be more than three times the legal driving limit when police breathalysed him.

Read more
Great Yarmouth police
Yesterday, 14:29

The inquest into the death of a three-year-old girl who died after being thrown from an inflatable trampoline on Gorleston beach has been adjourned because a police report into the incident is not ready.

Read more
Norwich

Local Weather

Sunshine and Showers

Sunshine and Showers

max temp: 9°C

min temp: 4°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