Cornwall Seal Group Press Release
Sue Sayer from the Cornwall Seal Group (CSG) who will monitor this seal´s progress back on the wild said: "These cases are by no means unique and are always tragic to witness. Iron Man, would have playfully explored the lost fishing net floating in the sea and then become hideously wrapped up in it.

Despite being only a few months old, he had been entangled long enough to cause a wound so deep it looked like his head was being cut off. When I unravelled the net I was shocked to find it was 9 metres long by 1.5 metres wide."
Entangled Netting
Sue added "I have no idea how this young seal moved at all dragging this weight of net around. Entanglement has huge welfare implications for seals and CSG research shows their chances of survival are significantly reduced as they struggle to return to the surface to breathe, swim and feed whilst their wounds leave them open to a wide range of infections."
Iron Man Iron Man (photo left) was immediately transported by BDMLR to the hospital at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary for emergency veterinary treatment.

He is now four months old and was released in full health back into the sea where it is hoped he will continue to thrive in his natural habitat, having been given a well-deserved second chance.

Photo of Beast by Dan Jarvis
He was accompanied by Beast (photo right), who was also rescued with a devastating deep wound on his neck as ghost fishing net cut into his flesh.

Global campaigning organisation, World Animal Protection, run a dedicated Sea Change campaign to address and tackle the increasing problem of ghost fishing gear and the impact it has on UK marine mammals and wildlife.

Photo of Beast by Tim Bain of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue team
Beast photo by Tim Bain of BDMLR and CSG

For more details contact: Sue Sayer of Cornwall Seal Group
Issue Date: 13th March 2015

Editor´s Note:

Sue Sayer is a member of the Cornwall Seal Group. To learn more about Sue´s great work, she has written a book called ´Seal Secrets´ which was published on 20th March 2012 and reprinted in 2013. It can be ordered from local bookshops or from Amazon.

The Cornish Seal Group volunteer members spends hundreds of hours of their own time to photo, identify and watch over the seals around the Cornish coast.

Click on these links to visit the Cornwall Seal Group´s facebook page and website.

The Cornwall Seal Group are always looking for people to send in their photos so they can be matched with known seals on their database. They already have confirmed matches of seals first identified in Cornwall going to Ireland, Wales, Scillies and Northern France all through photos people have sent in.