Lost Seal Pups Found 350 Miles From Home
Three young grey seal pups born on the Farne Islands off the Northumberland coast have been discovered hundreds of miles away on a Dutch beach.
The first of the “Farne Island three” was found on December 13th, 2010, and was less than three weeks old when it made the 350 mile journey. After being found by a member of the public it was taken to a seal rescue center in Holland.
Pups two and three were found on the 6th and 7th of January 2011, and were taken to the same center.
All of the seal pups are recovering well and will be released back into the wild once they have put on enough weight; and they could potentially return home to the Farne Islands or another UK colony.
The Farne Islands belong to the UK’s National Trust, which is the only organization in the country to use colored dye to tag newly born seals – most pup census work at other sites is carried out by aerial surveys.
“This is a remarkable tale of determination and survival in the turbulent waters of the North Sea,” said David Steel, National Trust head warden for the Farne Islands. “For three young grey seal pups to make it through such an ordeal is amazing.”
Late November and early December 2010 brought easterly winds and stormy seas around the Farne Islands which would have played a part in sweeping the seal pups far out into the sea, according to National Trust officials.
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