On Tuesday afternoon, technicians from the Oceanogràfic Foundation, the Wildlife Recovery Centre and environmental agents from the Region of Murcia managed to rescue the grey seal that had been sighted in recent days at various points along the south-east coast of the peninsula.
The rescue took place on the beach of La Llana de San Pedro del Pinatar (Murcia) and the seal was taken to the Centro de Recuperación de Fauna La Granja de El Saler, in Valencia, to assess its state of health.
The animal, about seven years old and in poor body condition, was sighted on 21 March off the coast of Cartagena and has since been seen at various points along the coast.
According to the Oceanogràfic Foundation and the Community of Valencia, the professionals have carried out an initial on-site analysis of the seal and found that it is in the process of moulting its coat. Although it has been observed that this process is not being carried out correctly, the first results carried out on the beach do not indicate any serious complications.
After the rescue, the seal was transferred to the La Granja de El Saler Fauna Recovery Centre in Valencia, which is suitable for the treatment of these species, where the Oceanogràfic’s veterinarians will thoroughly assess its state of health and try to bring it back to its natural distribution area if the diagnosis is favourable.