Shocking images of seals on British shores being suffocated by plastic litter

Mail Online | 8/16/2019 | Peter Lloyd for MailOnline
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Two seals with plastic flying rings stuck around their necks and two tangled in netting have been spotted by shocked volunteers on the Norfolk coast.

David Vyse, of the Friends of Horsey Seals wildlife group, said sightings were reported in the last fortnight in the Horsey area.

Volunteers - Seals - Necks - Discs - Date

The volunteers have helped to rescue three seals with their necks trapped in flying discs to date, but only after they weakened enough to be caught. The four animals seen in the recent sightings remain in the wild.

The sightings come as the RSPCA reported the number of animals affected by plastic litter is at an all-time high.

RSPCA - Rise - Incidents

The RSPCA recorded a rise in incidents from 473 in 2015 to 579 in 2018.

Some animals are being disproportionately affected by plastic, the charity said, with a fourfold rise in seals.

Incidents - RSPCA

There were 28 such incidents recorded in 2018 compared with five in 2015, the RSPCA said.

Local volunteers have launched a leaflet campaign to encourage people to take home flying rings that could harm seals.

Norfolk - Cases - Seals - Round

In Norfolk there have already been three reported cases of seals who got plastic flying discs stuck round...
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