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Dead seal on the beach in Ustka

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A dead seal was found on the beach in Ustka on Thursday. The report about the animal was received by the WWF Blue Patrol. We got the photos on Kontakt 24.

In an interview with the editorial office Kontakt 24where photos of the dead animal were sent, the WWF Blue Patrol officer on duty confirmed that this morning he received a report of a dead seal on the beach at entrance number 6 in Ustka (Pomeranian Voivodeship).

The cause of the animal's death

– The procedure is that the commune waits for our volunteers to arrive, who, upon arrival, measure the animal and perform basic tests to determine the causes of the animal's death. These are usually natural causes. In this case, I did not receive information about any other causes, he said.

– After the tests, volunteers contact the Marine Station of the Institute of Oceanography of the University of Gdańsk, which decides whether to take it based on the tests and the condition of the animal's carcass. If the decision is negative, the animal is sent for disposal. I have no information about what happened this time, but judging from the photos, which indicated rather advanced decomposition, I suspect that the dead seal was sent for disposal – added the officer on duty.

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We also asked Dr. Iwona Pawliczka from the Marine Station of the Institute of Oceanography of the University of Gdańsk about the matter, who said that she had no information that the station had received a report about a dead seal today.

Dead seal on the beachContact 24/Mariusz Jasłowski

Dead seal on the beachContact 24/Mariusz Jasłowski

What should you do if you find a seal on the beach?

There are three species of seals living in the Baltic Sea. They lead an aquatic lifestyle. Remember not to get close to them. Like any wild animal that is frightened, a seal can be aggressive.

If you see that a seal is sick, weakened or has visible wounds – even if it is dead – you should notify specialists from the WWF Blue Patrol or the University of Gdańsk Marine Station in Hel. They will tell you what to do and take further steps if necessary.

Main photo source: Contact 24/Mariusz Jasłowski



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