A seal died “a prolonged, tortured death” after getting caught in marine pollution off the coast of Cornwall.
The seal was found washed ashore at Trebarwith Strand, near Boscastle, on Monday (May 27) having been spotted trapped in litter and ‘ghost’ fishing gear two weeks earlier.
The animal was entangled in 35kg of pollution and would have been unable to dive or swim, according to experts.
Volunteers from the British Divers Marine Life Rescue and the Cornwall Wildlife Trust Marine, who inspected the seal, said it was clear it had endured an horrific death.
A post-mortem examination found the heavy load of net had made a large wound between the seal’s head and shoulders.