Sea Shepherd rescues stranded seal on Etretat beach

He had been swimming on the beach for two days. The adult seal was rescued by Sea Shepherd Ocean Conservation Association lifeguards on Etretat beach overnight from Monday to Tuesday. At the end of the day, the animal was placed in the animal rescue center of the CHENE association in Allouville-Bellefosse.

The animal was spotted by pedestrians on Sunday, but no one was able to approach it. Finally, on Monday evening, the volunteers called the Sea Shepherd and spent the night covering the seal with a blanket, waiting for the unit to arrive.

Security perimeter around the seal

Upon arrival, a Sea Shepherd trainer was found animal “very weak”, France shows Sea Shepherd for Bleu Normandie. A specialized receiving structure put him under a blanket with hot water bottles to warm him until he dealt with the seal.

In a message on social networks, the association condemned the refusal of several specialized structures to travel to diagnose seals at noon. “I judge he is old and dead”, NGO explains. The controversy that scandalized Lamia Essemlali, President of Sea Shepherd France: “You can’t just let a seal die in the cold without diagnosing it because it’s too old.”.

The seal was placed in the rescue center of the CHENE association

Finally, in the afternoon, agents from the French Biodiversity Office went to the site and found that the animal was only ten years old. They then contacted CHENE, an animal rescue center in Allouville-Bellefosse. They left the animal there in the evening.

The animal was spotted by hikers from Etretat on Sunday, and the police even intervened to drive the curious away from the animal.

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