A seal stranded on a beach in Jaywick Sands was helped by Tendring District Council (TDC) staff yesterday.
The council’s seafronts team was alerted by the British Divers Marine Life Rescue charity to the struggling animal and headed down to the scene.
Fortunately two members of the public had been there for around three hours, working to protect the seal from dogs and seagulls until help could arrive.
Lauren Fraser from TDC’s seafronts team and a trained marine mammal medic, assessed the seal and realised it needed further medical treatment – rather than to be helped into the water.
She safely restrained the seal until seal expert Tony Haggis arrived to transport the creature to a suitable veterinary clinic.
It is the third seal this week which has been rescued from a Tendring beach.
Mick Skeels, TDC Cabinet Member for Leisure and Tourism, including seafronts, praised the passers-by who stopped and helped as well as Lauren and the seafronts team.
“I would like to say a big well done to everyone who helped make sure this seal will get the medical help it needs,” Cllr Skeels said.
“We are blessed to have such a range of wildlife along the Tendring coastline, and such a large colony of seals in the Walton backwaters too.
“However, I would like to remind people that they should not approach a seal along our coastline – while they may look cute, they can give a nasty bite and pass on a number of diseases. If you see a seal which may be in distress then please alert us or a relevant authority, and keep your distance.
“I would praise the passers-by who stopped and did just that on this occasion, and warned others too.”