Seal Sanctuary kept busy

One of the seals being released last week.
One of the seals being released last week.
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The Natureland Seal Sanctuary in Skegness has been busy recently dealing with new inhabitants of all kinds.

The birth of grey seal pups at colonies on the local coastline normally heralds the start of a very busy period for staff and volunteers at the centre - who often have to rescue some of the animals when the become separated from their mothers.

But although plenty of grey seals have arrived at the colonies so far - and with plenty more still to come - it has been the visitors of several other species that have been drawing Natureland’s attention in the past couple of weeks.

In the past fortnight the site has rescued two new pups - harbour seals which were found on November 2 and 3 at Ingoldmells and Gibraltar point.

And on November 6 the sanctuary came to the rescue of a feathered friend when it rescued a gannet.

The two seal pups that were rescued at the start of the month were both suffering with lungworm, which makes breathing a serious issue.

The infestationstops pups being able to dive down to catch fish, causing them to become weak and dehydrated.

Luckily the sanctuary rescued these two just in time. Both of the pups are said to be doing well in the seal hospital.

The gannet meanwhile, which has been named Sydney, was brought into the sanctuary, but just ten days after its arrival the bird was well enough to return to the wild and was released from Skegness Beach.

Elsewhere, Kelly Holmes the famous returning seal, is now extremely healthy and the sanctuary was able to release her recently.

She had been rescued for a second time by the sanctuary last month, having initially been cared for back in 2012 when the site used an Olympic-theme when naming its rescues.

Aged 16 months she is now doing well - and at 81 pounds, Kelly’s weight is now four times what it was. Kelly is pictured during her release with fellow rescue Aston.

Since the end of June the sanctuary has rescued 16 harbour seals and other animals.

For more information about Natureland and feeding times for the animals call 01754 764345 or visit www.skegnessnatureland.co.uk.

Over the winter months the site is open from 10am to 4.30pm seven days a week, with last admission at 4pm.

The site also offers reduced entry over the winter months. Entry for adults is £5. Children can visit for £3 (aged three-to-15 years) and OAPs can enter for £4. Family tickets are also available for £16.