WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- An injured seal pup found on a beach in Dorset died after it was chased by beachgoers who wanted to take photos of it.
- Although it was reported to authorities and marine mammal rescue groups, the seal eventually died from its injuries.
- Authorities said that aside from a badly infected flipper, the animal body was peppered with puncture wounds.
The Dorset Echo reports that a wounded pup seal died last Sunday after British beachgoers chased it trying to take photos with it.
A passerby, who saw the seal that officials believed to have been washed up on the beach of Chesil, Dorset in Southern England, contacted the British Divers Marine Life Rescue. In the meantime, wildlife expert Derek Davey looked after it. Davey told the news outlet that although the seal’s flipper was infected, it could still be repaired. But he was worried about the multiple puncture wounds on its body.
According to authorities, the seal’s wounded flipper appeared to have been caused by a fishing line wrapped around it.
In addition, the seal was also reported to the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA). However, before charity officials could treat it, beachgoers who saw the pup crowded around it and tried to take selfies, causing it to go back into the water.
Davey blamed the crowd for scaring the pup.
“Taking photographs and crowding around it made it go back into the water to get away,” Davey told the reporters adding that it was good the seal came back to shore, otherwise, it would have died if it stayed longer in the water.
Sadly, the pup died, as confirmed by the RSPCA.
According to the charity spokesperson, the seal was practically skin and bones at the time it was rescued from Chesil Beach. Its flipper was found to have a long wound coursing all the way down to the knuckle bones.
“The wildlife vet cleaned the wound out,” Davey added, “but the infection was already in the bone and so the decision was made to put the seal to sleep based on the extent of this injury and the impact it would have on the future of the seal.”