Volunteers are out in Shaldon this weekend acid for a sign that was speckled with fishing tackle held on a mouth.
The mammal, described as looking ‘underweight’ and ‘needing help’, was seen in Black Allers Cove in Labrador Bay on Thursday by vessel outing user Devon Sea Safari.
On a Facebook page it said: “Unfortunately we came opposite a sign held in fishing tackle during an afternoon outing on Thursday.
“It looks underweight and needs help. It might seem anywhere in Labrador Bay.”
So distant no some-more sightings have been reported.
Dan Jarvis, gratification growth and margin support bureau for British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDMLR), said: “A internal proffer group are out looking for a sign this weekend. we am not wakeful of any vital sightings, though it could still be in a area.
“If it is, a subsequent theatre would afterwards be to locate it. When it was initial seen it was not in a unequivocally permitted area so removing adult tighten to it and throwing it would be a unequivocally tough part. On a other hand, we have had seals held adult on hooks on a series occasions and we know from those cases a hooks do tend to come out utterly quickly.
“They are possibly pulled out by a sign or decay out in a salt H2O and come off utterly fast within a integrate of weeks.
“Although we don’t see it unequivocally often, sadly it is a comparatively common occurrence during this time of year where seals are bought in tighten hit with people and anglers in harbours. The best thing is educating people it’s a unequivocally bad thought to feed them. They should be left to fodder themselves as it creates these situations.”
A orator for Devon Sea Safari added: “Education is a pivotal to assisting with a problem. As good as purify adult and special measures like during a Hopes nose, check out Torbay cleaner seashore beginning and Tide of Torbay. They are unequivocally starting to get a summary out there.
“There are now fishing line recycling bins that we never had before. We and Rock Solid Coasteering in Torquay both constantly mislay cosmetic and explain to a clients how deleterious sea spawn is.”
Anyone who spots a sign is asked to news it to a BDMLR on 01825 765546.