ONE of Skegness’s most beloved seals has sadly passed away and many have commented on the cherished memories they have of him and the sanctuary he lived at.
The seal, known as Sammy, was one of Natureland Seal Sanctuary’s oldest residents. He lost his fight with an infection over the new year.
The sanctuary say he had a ‘good life and sired a lot of pups’ but a lung infection finally lead to his death.
Staff said they were treating the infection with antibiotics but his immune system ‘couldn’t cope’.
“RIP Sammy you will be sadly missed,” said a sanctuary spokesperson on the Natureland Seal Sanctuary’s Facebook page.
Over a hundred people have commented on their centre’s fan page about the sad news where many recalled their fond memories.
One fan said: “Sad news, he’ll be greatly missed by everyone, he was such a lovely fella RIP Sammy x.” Another said: “RIP Sammy. I’ve been visiting Natureland since I was a child and now visit with my own children.
“It won’t be the same without him. Our thoughts are with the keepers, who must be very upset xx”
Sammy died aged 30, which is average for common seals.