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Century the seal becomes 100th to be rescued in 'exceptionally busy' season

A seal has become the 100th to be rescued in what has been described as an 'exceptionally busy' season in west Wales.

The seal pup was rescued by an RSPCA Cymru officer after being found alone and shivering on Caswell Bay beach on Tuesday.

The seal pup was the latest rescue in a busy season for RSPCA officers in West Wales. Credit: RSPCA

There were loose dogs on the beach which caused concern that the seal could be in danger.

The moulted grey seal pup, who was exceptionally thin, is currently in the care of the Welsh Marine Life Rescue.

The seal, named Century, marks the 100th to be rescued in south west and west of Wales by the charity in recent months.

Credit: RSPCA

We have needed to devote a huge amount of resources to rescue, rehabilitate and release these beautiful creatures.

We’re indebted to Welsh Marine Life Rescue who have provided invaluable support over this season, in helping us rescue so many seals.

Dramatic weather conditions caused by the Ophelia and Brian storms saw us rescue approximately 40 seals, while a further 60 have been rescued across the entire region's coastline, from Borth, to the Gower, and Porthcawl. since early September.

– Ellie West, RSPCA animal collection officer (ACO)

Rescuing seals across the area has seen RSPCA officers involved in some dramatic rescues.

In November, a seal pup became trapped between heavy rocks and boulders by a sea wall near the town’s steelworks.

The RSPCA has also returned rehabilitated seals to the wild.

In December, a male pup was released in the Gower after he was saved from Quay Parade in Aberaeron in early August, underweight, wounded and high-up on the beach some distance from the water.

While the seal season is coming to an end, we always remind anyone who sees a pup whose mother hasn’t returned within 24 hours, is on a public beach, or seems sick or injured, to contact us.

It’s important the public never approach seals and keep any dogs well away and on a lead, as wild animals can have a nasty bite.

– Ellie West, RSPCA animal collection officer (ACO)