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The Native Seals & Why a lot need Rescuing - Melanie, Seal Rescue Ireland

The Native Seals & Why a lot need Rescuing - Melanie, Seal Rescue Ireland

Update: 2019-09-30
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I had the absolute pleasure of visiting Seal Rescue Ireland in Courtown to interview Melanie. Her extensive knowledge of conservation made this a really enjoyable educational episode, although sometimes very saddening due to how Seals are suffering at the hands of humans. Have a listen, share it around and be the eyes and ears of SRI when you're out along the coast.


We covered:


  • Melanie's background before coming to work for Seal Rescue Ireland.

  • Facts about the seals that are native to Ireland and how their populations have fared over the years.

  • Why SRI end up needing to rehabilitate seals.

  • How pollutants end up in the sea and what we can do to stop them.

  • The importance planting trees, particularly Riparian buffers, has on the health of the sea.

  • The relationship between seal conservationists and the fishing industry.

  • The benefits of Eco-Tourism.

  • How SRI rehabilitate their seals and releases them.

What to do if you see a seal on the beach:


  • Stay at least 100 metres away.

  • Call SRI's hotline number: +353(0)87 1955393.

  • Keep your dog on a short lead.

  • Do NOT approach the seal or try drag it into the sea!

Adopt a Seal here. Your adoption certificate will be e-mailed to you as well as regular updates!


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The Native Seals & Why a lot need Rescuing - Melanie, Seal Rescue Ireland

The Native Seals & Why a lot need Rescuing - Melanie, Seal Rescue Ireland

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