Another seal has been painfully snagged in fishing tackle off Torbay.
Devon Sea Safari came across the Bull Grey Seal yesterday (July 26) at Hopes Nose, just one week after a seal became entangled near Shaldon .
The poor thing was clearly snagged through the nose with mackerel feathers.
A spokesperson for the boat tour company added: “While this seal seams to still be healthy it must be quite uncomfortable to have a hook stuck in your nose.
“The British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR) have been informed. We are still looking for Seal from last week with the Bass lure stuck in its tongue”
Underweight and ‘needing help’, it had fishing tackle tangled directly inside its mouth.
Dan Jarvis, welfare development and field support office for British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), said: “A local volunteer team are out looking for the seal this weekend. I am not aware of any major sightings, but it could still be in the area.
“If it is, the next stage would then be to catch it. When it was first seen it was not in a very accessible area so getting up close to it and catching it would be the really hard part.
“On the other hand, we have had seals caught up on hooks on a number occasions and we know from those cases the hooks do tend to come out quite quickly.
“They are either pulled out by the seal or rust out in the salt water and come off quite quickly within a couple of weeks.
“Although you don’t see it very often, sadly it is a relatively common occurrence at this time of year where seals are bought in close contact with people and anglers in harbours.
“The best thing is educating people it’s a very bad idea to feed them. They should be left to forage themselves as it creates these situations.”
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A spokesperson for Devon Sea Safari added: “Education is the key to helping with the problem. As well as clean up and special measures like at a Hopes nose, check out Torbay cleaner coast initiative and Tide of Torbay. They are really starting to get the message out there.
“There are now fishing line recycling bins that we never had before. We and Rock Solid Coasteering in Torquay both constantly remove plastic and explain to our clients how damaging marine litter is.”