Action-packed month for Natureland Seal Sanctuary

The seal which was rescued after being found tangled in a fishing net.
The seal which was rescued after being found tangled in a fishing net.

Despite chillier weather, Natureland Seal Sanctuary and its residents have certainly kept themselves busy the past month.

There has been new exhibits housing exotic and wonderful creatures, rescues and releases to contend with.

One of the first beady-eyed friends to set up home, was a new Yemen chameleon which visitors and staff have a job to spot thanks to his excellent techniques in camouflage.

“This Yemen chameleon can be seen in our Tropical House with all the other reptiles and creepy crawlies. Chameleons are not only masters of disguise and camouflage but their eyes can point in two different directions at the same time,” said Duncan Yeadon for Natureland.

Another unusual aquatic crustacean to appear in the Natureland Aquarium, are a group of triops which are actually classed as a crustacean.

“Fossils of triops have been found to date back over 200 million years. They are a weird creature - they breathe through gills located on their legs, can lay eggs and fertilise them themselves. They shed their skin every day in order to grow and live for about 65 days,” added Duncan.

Not only those creatures have been setting up home but a fond favourite with visitors each year, are the colour butterflies which have just begun to hatch from their cocoons to catch that early sunshine.

“It has been a bit slow so far but now the sunshine has started to come out and the blooms have begun to bud, we’ve seem them flying around,” explained Duncan.

Natureland also managed to get hold of a group of new quails to patrol the topical house to keep the ant and spider population under control allowing the butterflies to flourish.

And the Seal Watch feature wouldn’t be the same without an update regarding the latest releases and rescues.

Earlier in March, Mo the grey seal pup rescued in December was released back into the sea, fit and well and another grey seal named Tyson, rescued at Anderby Creek in January was also released on Tuesday, April 2, after making really good progress.

“He came in exhausted and had irregular breathing - he was a bit slow at first but he was a strong seal and he picked up over the months so we picked a nice calm day and off he went,” said Duncan.

And in recent rescues, a poor grey seal pup was found on Skegness beach the week before last, with fishing net stuck around its neck.

The team managed to cut most of it off on the beach but the rest was removed when it was back at the sanctuary’s seal hospital.

“It has left a nasty wound around her neck which we are keeping clean and free of infection. We’ve learned that stitching up a wound around the neck is not the best way, as a seal’s neck is very flexible and it comes undone if sewn. The wound was about an inch-and-a-half deep and that again wide but it is making good progress with antibiotics and keeping it clean. It’s quite remarkable how quickly the wound’s heal, particularly in the sun which helps to dry it out,” explained Duncan.

To keep visitors even more entertained, Rosewood Falconry will also be at Natureland today (April 10) from 10am till 4pm.

The events prove popular and it is chance to see some beautiful birds and talk to the handler,” added Duncan.

Natureland Seal Sanctuary is open every day from 10am and the staff are hoping to see a few more visitors and faces now the weather is starting to pick-up.

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