Storms Prompt Influx at Marine Rescue Centre

Blue Reef Aquarium’s Marine Rescue Centre has experienced a rise in admissions following the recent stormy weather.

In recent days the Tynemouth aquarium has treated two injured swans which were brought in as well as a grey seal pup.

One swan was found with monofilament line caught in its throat, the other has suffered an injury to its leg.

The seal pup was found washed up on rocks at Whitley Bay, however it appears to be relatively unharmed and is being cared for at the centre before being released back in to the wild.

The Marine Rescue Centre was created in partnership with the animal charity Pawz For Thought and the RSPCA to provide emergency treatment for sick, injured and abandoned seal pups and other marine life.

“We often notice a rise in call outs and rescues following stormy weather. The first swan which was brought here had some fishing line caught in its throat,” said Blue Reef’s Anna Etchells.

“This was removed and, following a thorough health check, it was released back in to the wild.

“The second swan was discovered in the sea close to South Shield Pier with an injured leg. We are continuing to treat the injury on site and are hopeful the bird will make a full recovery.

“The grey seal pup appears to be generally in good health and it’s likely it was just exhausted due to the rough sea conditions.

“Our plan is to feed him up and ensure he is properly hydrated and then return him to the wild as soon as possible,” she added.

Blue Reef has been working closely with Pawz for Thought for over 10 years to provide immediate rescue for seal pups.

During this period, over 200 seals and a number of other animals have been rescued.

Once stabilised the rescued seals are then transferred by the RSPCA to their Wildlife Centre in Norfolk.

Due to the success of this initiative and a growing demand for additional care and support the aquarium decided to create a permanent, purpose-built rescue facility.

Issued by Blue Reef Aquarium. For more information and to arrange pictures and interviews please contact Anna Etchells on 0191 258 1031

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