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Torquay zoo keeper teaches seal to swim

Torquay zoo keeper teaches seal to swim Credit: ITV News West Country

A keeper at a zoo in Torquay has been given the job of teaching a young seal to swim. Normally they learn from their parents but this seal pup is being hand-reared and Libor Mach has had to step in. Apparently she's taken to it like a - well - seal to water.

She was quite scared, actually, the first day. It was quite funny seeing a seal run out of the water, but Li has done a great job and she's found her flippers and she's well away now, and she's really enjoying the water.

– Clare Rugg, Living Coasts Operations Manager

Seals rescued during winter storms released today

Two seals will be released today Credit: ITV Wesst Country/Seth Conway

Two seals rescued by West Hatch Wildlife Centre are being released at Combe Martin today.

These are the last two seals to be released back into the wild. They have spent several months recuperating after being rescued during the winter storms. The seals were released at 10am, just before high tide.

West Hatch Wildlife Centre release seals rescued after storms Credit: ITV Wesst Country/Seth Conway

West Hatch Wildlife Centre release more seals

This seal was released back into the wild in February Credit: ITV News West Country

Two seals who have been recuperating at the West Hatch Wildlife Centre in Taunton after being washed up in the winter storms will be released today.

A large number of seals have been treated at wildlife centres across the south west after the bad weather - and most have now been returned to the wild.

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Seals rescued from storm returned to sea

Three seals have been released back into the wild at Praa Sands. Big surf on the Lizard meant the seals travelled by trailer to a calmer spot up the coast. Nearly 50 seals have been brought to the Sanctuary at Gweek this winter because of the stormy weather.

Three seals have been released back into the wild at Praa Sands Credit: ITV News West Country

Seals and storms in Cornwall

More than 40 seal pups are being cared for in Cornwall after they were left stranded by the storms. The pups are in the seal sanctuary at Gweek. Staff say they've carried out more rescues in the past week than they'd normally do in a whole month.

Elsewhere the extent of the damage to the coastline in Devon and Cornwall is still being assessed. More pictures are emerging, showing how the monster waves have altered the shape of coastal landmarks. Our Cornwall Correspondent Steve Hardy reports.

VIDEO: Seals saved from storms at sanctuary

The Cornish Seal Sanctuary at Gweek has come to the rescue of seal pups in difficulties this year. Most of them are undernourished because they're finding it so hard to get food in the stormy seas. Others have been damaged.

Here's a video of some of the seals being looked after at the sanctuary.

To find out more about the sanctuary's work, click here.

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