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Flowerpot, Scylla and Unicorn say seal you later

Flowerpot, Scylla and Unicorn say seal you later

Published by Grace Mcgachy
6:15am 12th December 2019.

Photo Credit:  Vicky Gurney

Two 'necklace' seals who had injuries caused by man-made rubbish left in our waters have been released back to the wild. 

Scylla was the 50th 'necklace' seal to be cared for at the RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre and was rescued at the beginning of October.

Just over two weeks later Flowerpot was also rescued.


Scylla was caught on Horsey beach in Norfolk in a joint rescue operation between local charities Friends of Horsey Seals and Marine and Wildlife Rescue, with support by members of the public.

The large emaciated adult male grey seal was rushed to the wildlife centre where staff and the centre's vet battled to remove the  ghost* netting which was deeply embedded in his neck.

Flowerpot was also rescued from Horsey beach, the young grey female had an unknown plastic object wedged around her neck. 

Both seals were treated at East Winch where they were given antibiotics, three salt floats a day and mackerel to build up their strength.

Thanks to the care of the staff and volunteers both of the seals' injuries healed quickly and as soon as they got their strength up it was decided it was time to release them back to the wild.

The seals were released on Monday 2nd December along with six other common seals including two called Ludo and Unicorn.

Flowerpot seal
Photo Credit: Vicky Gurney

Alison Charles, centre manager at East Winch, said:

"Sadly we know that the seals that come to us are the lucky ones and I fear there are many, many more out there in our waters suffering the same fate, but they are never seen.

We do what we can to help those that come into our care, and we are delighted that Scylla and Flowerpot have made such a great improvement 

It was, as always, wonderful to see a seal slide down the river bank and head off in the water. It's something we at the wildlife centre will never grow tired of watching."

seal release rspca east winch credit Vicky Gurney  Flowerpot release

One key part of the rehabilitation of the 'necklace' seals is the salt floats they require up to three times a day.  Each bag costs more than £13.

Anyone who would like to help the seals at East Winch can make a donation of a salt bag through the East Winch Amazon wish list.

The delivery address is:

RSPCA East Winch Wildlife Centre

Gayton Road,  East Winch
King's Lynn


PE32 1LG 

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