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danleno
8th January 2011, 15:24
60 dead seal pups were found on a beach near st. abbs,cause of death as yet unknown.
the SEAL PROTECTION ACTION GROUP. are blaming the fishermen,saying it was done to help them preserve their stocks.
despite the seals eating fish which prey on commercial fish???????????????????
so the COD and SALMON the seals 2 favourite foods,have been going around eating all the commercial fish,, so the COD and SALMON must be to blame for the fish shortages!!
not the FLUFFY LITTLE SEALS after all.........

Davie Tait
8th January 2011, 15:29
http://www.dailyrecord.co.uk/news/scottish-news/2011/01/08/foul-play-suspected-as-bodies-of-60-seal-pups-are-found-on-beach-86908-22834438/

Jan 8 2011 Exclusive by Jeremy Armstrong

UP TO 60 seal pups have been found dead on a remote beach in what is feared to be a "mass slaughter".

The grim discovery was made by a couple out collecting driftwood.

The pups, still covered in white baby fur, are part of a colony of grey seals which are found between Berwick upon Tweed and Edinburgh.

There was blood around the heads of some of the pups.

Experts said this could have been caused if the seals hit rocks as they were brought into shore. But it was unusual to find large numbers beyond the high tide mark, which suggested foul play.

Charity worker Ross Murray, 54, of Edinburgh, came across the dead pups while walking with his partner Christina Mitchell, 46, near St Abbs in Berwickshire.

He said: "It was a very unpleasant sight. There were possibly 60 pups dead on the beach well above the high tide mark. It is a very difficult spot to access as you have to walk a distance to get to the beach then climb down rocks.

"I contacted animal welfare organisations, and one of them was concerned it could be foul play due to the high numbers."

The Sea Mammals Research Unit, based at St Andrews University, has been notified of the discovery. Two vets are due to carry out a post mortem to establish the cause of death.

Alan Knight, chairman of British Divers Marine Life Rescue, said: "There are around 500 grey seals in that area.

"But to find these kind of numbers dead at one time is alarming. It could be something like a virus or freak weather conditions hitting the colony - or they may have been bludgeoned to death."

The Seal Protection Action Group estimates 5000 seals were killed in Scotland alone last year.

They blame fishermen trying to protect their stocks - despite seals mostly feeding on species of fish which prey on commercial stocks.

Scotland is home to 40 per cent of the world's grey seal population.

Davie Tait
8th January 2011, 15:32
So the run of bad weather lately , severe frost , heavy snow ( making the rocks very slippery with ice ) , the run of easterly wind has nothing to do with the pups dying !!! Total load of Bull's manure. Large scale pup deaths are not uncommon especially at this time of year with bad weather , autumn watch was on the Farne Isle's a few years ago looking at pups when a bad northerly blew up and at least 50 pups were killed then and no one blamed fishermen then so why now , oh of course because it suits the "green" lobby to blame the fishermen at every possible opportunity !!!