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Gąski on the Baltic Sea. A tourist found the body of a seal on the beach. Blue Patrol at the scene

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On a beach in Gąski (West Pomeranian Voivodeship), a tourist stumbled upon the body of a seal during a Sunday walk. He provided information and photos to Contact 24. Mr. Grzegorz immediately notified the volunteers of the Blue Patrol of the WFF who had arrived at the site. As we learn, the cause of the animal’s death will be determined by specialists from the Hel Marine Station, cooperating with WWF.

On Kontakt 24 we received information about finding a dead seal on the beach in Gąski near Koszalin. A tourist, Mr. Grzegorz, came across the body of the animal. He reported that he found the animal on Sunday at 9 am while walking.

The WWF Blue Patrol informed about the incident. As he added, an hour later volunteers appeared on the spot. After the inspection – Mr. Grzegorz told us – it was suspected that the animal’s death could have been caused by an infection that got in the vicinity of the mouth, perhaps as a result of catching the hooks of salmon traps.

However, the official cause of the animal’s death will be determined by experts from the Marine Station in Helwhich is a research partner of WWF. As we found out, the seal’s body has already been delivered there.

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A dead seal on the beach in GąskiGrzegorz / Contact 24

A dead seal on the beach in GąskiGrzegorz / Contact 24

Seal on the beach. What to do?

There are three species of these marine mammals in the Baltic Sea: the gray seal (Halichoerus grypus), ringed seal (Phoca hispida) and harbor seal (Phoca vitulina). These animals lead a semi-terrestrial lifestyle. They often go ashore to rest or to give birth to their young. However, remember not to get close to them. Like any wild animal that is scared, a seal can be aggressive. It should not be scared off, because we are guests in its natural environment.

If you can see that the animal is sick, weakened or has visible wounds, immediately notify the specialists of the WWF Blue Patrol or the Sea Station of the University of Gdańsk in Hel, who will suggest what to do and, if necessary, take further steps.

Main photo source: Contact 24

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