Rare seal’s visit to Chapel

The hooded seal pup is pictured enjoying her stay at the Natureland Seal Sanctuary in Skegness.

The hooded seal pup is pictured enjoying her stay at the Natureland Seal Sanctuary in Skegness.

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AN ADVENTUROUS Icelandic seal has left many surprised after she was found washed ashore along Chapel St Leonards beach recently.

And this isn’t the first time the hooded seal pup, known as Eve, has gone travelling, as she visited Germany back in August.

The pup is believed to be about eight-months-old and was rescued by staff at Skegness Natureland in December.

“Hooded seals normally live in the far north between the east coast of Canada, Greenland and Iceland,” said director, Duncan Yeadon.

When the staff found Eve, they were even more surprised to see that she had electronic tag/transmitter stuck to the top of her head.

From this, the staff were able to find out her name, that she was probably born around Iceland and would have fed on her mother’s milk for just four days.

“This is the shortest lactation period of any mammal, during which the pup doubles in size, gaining around 7kg/15lbs per day!,” added Duncan.

They also found out about her unusual trip to Germany and her rescue by a seal sanctuary in Friedrichskoog weighing 35kg.

The German sanctuary rehabilitated her and released her on the October 13 weighing 51kg/112lbs.

A tracking device was then attached to her head to help them track her progress back home.

From Germany she swam across the North Sea to the coast of Scotland, gradually going further north in the direction of home but at the last minute she turned around and travelled south before eventually being found on the beach at Chapel St Leonards on the December 20 by a member of the public.

It is hoped Eve might be released in another few weeks and is said to be progressing well and eating lots.