Seal That Lost an Eye Leads Return to the Wild

A grey seal which had to have an eye removed is leading the charge back to the wild for a record haul of casualties at Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary.

The busiest year of seal rescue in the Sanctuary´s history saw it respond to more than 50 emergency calls, and take a total of 37 seals into its care.
A seal pup being rescued from a busy beach
Artemis Now one of the earliest casualties, grey seal Artemis (photo left) who suffered a punctured eye in a clash with another seal, has recovered enough to resume life in the wild.

She is to be released at 9am on Saturday 19th September 2015 from the beach at Snettisham along with another grey seal Hemera.
"It´s been an unbelievably busy summer for us, with both our indoor hospital and outdoor convalescence pool more crowded than they have ever been before," said Sanctuary boss Nigel Croasdale.

"Hopefully Artemis and Hemera (photo right) are just the vanguard of what will be a steady stream of releases over the next few weeks," he added.
Hemera Hemera (photo left) was another serious case when rescued from Norfolk´s Overstrand beach in March, having suffered such a severe wound to one of her rear flippers there was actually a section of bone missing from it.

Her wound has healed however, and the missing bone appears not to impede her swimming ability. She and Artemis are now full of energy and weigh 40 kilos and 50 kilos respectively, so have a healthy protective blubber layer for the winter ahead.
"It will be a bitter-sweet moment when they head off into the surf," said Nigel, "but that is what the team work to achieve and in spite of the serious injuries they suffered we are confident both seals will cope just fine back in their natural environment."

All the remaining casualties are smaller common seals, born during the summer, and hence later arrivals than the winter breeding grey seals.
Rescued pups in the outdoor seal pool
Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary The Sanctuary´s animal care team has calculated it has travelled a total of 1,147 miles on rescue missions since March...the longest single journey a 141 mile round trip to pick up a pup subsequently christened Mint Choc Chip from Hemsby.
Press Release issued by the Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary
For more details please contact: Nigel Croasdale 01485 533576
Date: 17th September 2015

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