seal Gill Wild

Gill Wild

Seals are common worldwide. In England, it’s common to view them off the coasts of a few counties (Norfolk, Suffolk, Northumberland, Lincolnshire and Cornwall). This is because they like the wide and fairly mild (compared to some counties) beaches, to bask and give birth. However, leave seals well alone (if they are looking at you, you’re way too close). Use viewing stations provided by volunteer organisations, as spooking them can cause them to abandon pups. They also can give vicious bites (akin to a rottweiler, and it will take a year to recover).

The two main species found in England are harbour and grey seals. Never play frisbee nearby (one seal was almost decapitated when one landed around its neck). Keep dogs away from seals (especially during breeding season, as seals often hide pups in sand dunes – never walk on sand dunes, as the green shoots provide habitats for natterjack toads and endangered seabirds). And never put injured/abandoned pups back in the sea (they could drown or freeze, as blubber is not thick enough).

Although they spend most time at sea, seals are mammals and need to spend time on dry land to breathe and rest. If you see any marine creature in distress, call British Divers Marine Life Rescue for help (you can be put through by the coastguard or RSPCA).

organic clothing to help protect seals

Cornwall Seal Research Trust does wonderful work to protect seals, and you can call them in case of any emergency. These cotton tees and baseball shirts are all made from organic cotton, made with green energy and sent in plastic-free packaging. And profits help to fund their work. Organic cotton is far better for the planet, and also does not leach microplastics back into the sea when laundered, which helps to protect all marine creatures. Also in children’s versions.

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