Seals must spend time on land to rest, moult and rear their pups. When walking along Ireland’s coastline, taking part in water activities or flying drones please be aware that seals rely on the coast as their habitat. Approaching them can cause stress, injury, or cause mothers to abandon their pups. As lockdown measures gradually ease, we urge the public to exhibit special caution, as seals have ventured further inshore on coastlines and beaches have become busier since the lockdown, meaning disturbance is at an all-time high. If you are ever in doubt, please remain at least 100m away, keep dogs on a lead and call our rescue hotline for advice.
Seal Rescue Ireland is a member of the Seal Alliance, an international collaboration of organizations dedicated to the protection and conservation of seals. In April 2021 the Seal Alliance launched the campaign ‘Give Seals Space’ across the UK and Ireland to help protect seals from human disturbance. The campaign includes infographics to raise awareness of the simple steps the public can take to protect these vulnerable marine mammals.
Short Film: Grey Seal/Wild Swim
By Duncan Kenny, The Seal Project
Check out this incredible film by our good friends at The Seal Project in Brixham, South Devon. Their committed team of volunteers works around the clock to research and conserve their local, transient seal population, while educating the public and engaging them in conservation activities. Their film Grey Seal /Wild Swim, examines the human/aminal interaction and guides us into a more caring understanding of our interactions with these elegant, wild beasts.