We are in the middle of Harbour Seal pupping season, where hundreds of seals will be born in the area.
This makes sightings and interaction with humans more likely, so here are a few tips to remember if you sea a seal in the wild.
Seals are wild animals, even though the pups look adorable, they can give a nasty bite and can pass on diseases to people and other animals.
Stay well back and keep dogs and children well away, not only can the seal cause you harm, but if you get too close to a young seal pup you may cause it’s mother to abandon it.
Never attempt to put the seal back in to the sea. If it is injured or too tired this can be fatal for the seal, it is likely to be just having a rest and will make it’s way back in to the sea when it is ready.
If the seal does look injured and in need of some help, call Blue Reef Tynemouth or BDMLR who will come and access the seal and if needed, take it back to Blue Reef for treatment.
Seeing an animal like this up close can be amazing, but keeping your distance is the most important thing to remember, especially if you have your dog with you.
If you would like to learn more about our local wild seals and what to do if you come across one, staff at Blue Reef Tynemouth are giving some great advice which you can hear at the twice daily seal show.