Have you spotted a seal wearing a yellow hat yet?

There are many unusual sites to be seen around the Cornish coast. Perhaps one of the most peculiar is a seal emerging from the sea with a bright yellow hat tag.

‘The hat tags are highly visible yellow colour, which makes them ease to see from a long distance, especially cliff tops. The hat are attached with a non toxic glue, and will stay in place until late winter early spring of next year and then fall off when the seal molts its fur’ said Curator Dr Glenn Boyle ‘Each hat also has a unique letter and number, allowing us to identify each individual pup.

With only three pups left at the National Seal Sanctuary at Gweek from the 2005/2006 grey seal rescue season, the Sanctuary is now asking for help from members of the public.

The Sanctuary’s Animal Care Team release all 2005/06 rescued seals with a flipper tag, and now for the third year running have released the pups with a hat tag.

Over the last two years we have had a great response from the public, and with more people spending time at the beach, we would like to enlist the help of beach users and walkers.

‘If you see a seal with a yellow hat on its head, please call the Sanctuary on 01326 221361. We need to know what date it was seen, the location, what condition it was in, and the number on the hat. This allows us to track a seal after we have released it’ added Glenn

Seal sightings have been reported from the Isles of Scilly, Wales, Ireland, Brittany and as far as Holland.

This is Ginger demonstrating 'what a hat tag looks like'

For more information, please contact Dr Glenn Boyle or Rachael Vine on 01326 221361

Press Release date: 17th August 2006

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