Orkney Seal Rescue

Dyke End, South Ronaldsay, Orkney
KW17 2TJ Tel: 01856 831463
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The seals' environment is under constant threat.

Entanglement: Discarded fishing nets inflict serious and often fatal injuries when seals become entangled. As the seal grows the inflexible line cuts into the flesh. Injuries impede the seal's ability to hunt and it gradually starves. Or is the seal is entangled and cannot reach the surface to breathers will drown.

Pollution: oil spills and dumped waste have devastating effects on seals. Oil fumes are poisonous and irritate the seals' eyes, ears, nose aid throat causing ulcers, sores and breathing problems. Toxic waste such as lead, mercury, PCB'S and DDT contaminate sea life and accumulates in predators such as seals. Immunity to diseases is reduced and female seals (cows) can have fewer, more sickly pups.

Over fishing: Both common and grey Seals are 'opportunists' and eat a wide variety of fish and sea animals. Their diet can bring them into conflict with the fishing industry. Over-fishing can cause shortages in a medal's food supply, resulting in poor physical condition, and increased susceptibility to parasites and illness. This can eventually lead to death.

Natural perils: Nature can be unpredictable. Seals, especially pups, are vulnerable to extreme stormy weather. Plus diseases can strike and availability of food can fluctuate. Seal populations could cope with these natural problems, but with the added pressures we humans inflict, the seals desperately need Orkney Seal Rescue's help.



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