The saddening result of seal and seal pup disturbance on the Welsh coast

Date: 21/09/2021
Seal Pup Panel

With more people visiting the Welsh coast than ever before, authorities are urging the public to take care and not to disturb wildlife.

Recently, there was sad news of the death of a seal pup on the coast after its mother failed to return to feed after being disturbed and scared off by people who wanted to take pictures and 'selfies' with the seal pup.

Alison Hargrave, Special Area of Conservation Officer for Pen Llŷn a’r Sarnau at Gwynedd Council said: “Seal pups need space and time to rest and grow.

“They are fed by their mothers for just three weeks before they have to fend for themselves.

“It is vital that during this time they are given space. Disturbance can lead to abandonment and death.”

During the breeding season between August and December, people may come across white fluffy seal pups on beaches or rocky outcrops along the Welsh coast - often on their own. The mother however will probably be close by, so it is vital to keep your distance so she can return to her pup to feed it.

It is very important to remember that these beautiful iconic creatures are wild animals.

Keep your distance from wildlife - Enjoy from afar.

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