Update on seal deaths on south-east coast

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24 December 2012: Over the past week a large number of dead marine mammals – seals, porpoises and a Common dolphin – have been reported washed ashore along the south-east coastline from Tramore to the Hook Head area of Co. Wexford.

Four Harbour Porpoises, one Common dolphin and one headless seal came ashore in the Tramore area. Some of these are quite decomposed and were initially reported as headless seals. Six dead seals, at least one with major head damage, came ashore in the Hook Head area. Some of these have been washed out to sea again. The wind and sea conditions over the past week have meant that bodies do not stay on the beaches for long.

The Irish Seal Sanctuary would like the deaths of these protected marine mammals investigated.