Rehabilitated seals returned to the wild in rare triple release

By Max McLean, PA
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A trio of seals were released at Whitley Bay after spending months at Tynemouth Seal Hospital.

Recovering from a variety of ailments such as mouth ulcers, the seals had been rescued on the north east coast earlier in the year.

Staff from British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) and Tynemouth Aquarium release a seal pup at St Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay, it was rescued after being found abandoned on the North East coast
(Owen Humphreys/PA)

After putting enough weight on and recovering from their ailments, Tarquin, Ozzy and Barnabus all made their way down to the coast once more in what was described as a “pretty rare” triple release.

Staff from British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) and Tynemouth Aquarium undertook the release at St Mary’s Lighthouse on Sunday morning.

Staff from British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) and Tynemouth Aquarium release three seal pups at St Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay, they were rescued after being found abandoned on the North East coast
(Owen Humphreys/PA)

Staff rely on the public to spot distressed or unwell seals and alert them to their location – from there, the best course of action can be taken.

Staff from British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) and Tynemouth Aquarium release Tarquin the seal pup at St Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay, it was rescued after being found abandoned on Seaham beach in Durham
(Owen Humphreys/PA)

Tarquin was reportedly nervous about his return to the wild, but eventually all three were successfully released.