Seal Conservation
The worldwide population of common seals is estimated at 5 - 6 million individuals. In general most populations are considered as being stable, however, some populations have been reduced by outbreaks of disease (such as the phocine distemper virus).

On other occasions populations of seals can be affected by the presence of humans, with seal deaths being caused both intentionally and unintentionally.
Seal Conservation Here in the wash we are lucky to have the largest populations of common seals in Europe. This large colony was last affected by the distemper virus in 2002 when it was estimated that the population dropped by as much as 50%.

Since then with the help of Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary and some other local organisations, the population has steadily increased to the present level of around 3,000 animals.
Hunstanton SEA LIFE Sanctuary could not have achieved this without the help and support of all their visitors and sponsors and would like to thank each and every one of you.

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