Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Coastguard Warns Not to Call If You Spot a Seal; IT COULD TAKE UP TIME 999 NEEDS FOR EMERGENCIES

Newspaper article Evening Gazette (Middlesbrough, England)

Coastguard Warns Not to Call If You Spot a Seal; IT COULD TAKE UP TIME 999 NEEDS FOR EMERGENCIES

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Byline: DAVID HUNTLEY david.huntley@trinitymirror.com @davey_huntley

THE Coastguard has advised anyone who catches glimpse of a seal on one of Teesside's many beaches not to call them - unless it's injured.

An increase in the number of seals on beaches along the east coast of England has led to a huge volume of calls to HM Coastguard.

Seals on necessarily because Jordan It's thought a larger number of the animals have come ashore to take refuge because of the weather conditions and people are calling the Coastguard to report seeing them on beaches, mistakenly thinking they might be injured.

Jordan Grebby from HM Coastguard said: "If someone sees an injured seal they can call us and we will call the RSPCA, although of course, people can call the RSPCA directly if they think an animal is hurt.

"However, we've been receiving a huge volume of calls over the past few days about seals on beaches which have turned out not to be injured.

"Seals on beaches aren't necessarily there because they are hurt and if you approach them they can respond aggressively. …

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