Staff at Natureland say the decision to keep Eve the hooded seal there permanently was a difficult one, but one which they believe will be in her best interests to prevent her from getting stranded again.
We have consulted other experts in wildlife rescue and animal welfare, including one of the top vets in the country. We heard about one hooded seal that was released off the north of Scotland, which was one idea we had for Eve. A few months later it turned up in Spain drastically underweight. She seems very chilled out in the resident seal pool, enjoying five meals of the best quality herrings a day! I'm sure we have made the right decision for her.
A rescued seal who has spent the last few months living at a wildlife sanctuary in Skegness will now stay there permanently. Staff at Natureland were refused permission to release Eve, who is a hooded seal, back into her native waters off the coast of Iceland in case she is carrying any diseases.
Eve first arrived at Natureland last December after being found off the coast at Chapel St Leonards looking exhausted and overweight. She had been fitted with a transmitter on her head by a nature reserve in Germany which had previously cared for her after being stranded.
Data from the transmitter showed that after her release, instead of continuing back to her native arctic waters she turned around near Scotland and headed south down the east coast. She is now 16 months old and has spent 11 of those in captivity.