East Sussex Wildlife Rescue and Ambulance Service (WRAS) was called out by British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) late on Sunday night after a seal was reported on the beach at Langney Point, Eastbourne.
Trevor Weeks MBE founder of WRAS and an advanced medic with BDMLR met members of BDMLR on the beach who had been keeping guard of the seal until Trevor and his partner Kathy Martyn arrived. Trevor caught the seal on the beach, and checked it over and found numerous puncture marks and blood on the body, front and rear flippers and on the muzzle.
"The seal was a reasonable weight for its rough age, and well hydrated too, but the injuries were of concern. We decided that the seal should have some treatment and observation at the seal facilities at RSPCA Mallydams at Fairlight, Hastings" said Trevor.
The seal is expected to stay in care for 48 hours under observation and receive treatment for its wounds before hopefully being released back to the wild.
"We are not sure at this stage what has caused the injuries but it may be the rough weather or fighting with another seal" added Trevor.
East Sussex WRAS, BDMLR and the RSPCA regularly work together to deal with sick and injured seals on the Sussex coast.
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