Wednesday 24 January 2018

Beach gets seal of approval

By Amy Lewis

The seal is released from captivity on Morriscastle Strand. Photo BY Amy Carter
The seal is released from captivity on Morriscastle Strand. Photo BY Amy Carter

Crowds of people descended on a sunny Morriscastle Beach recently to catch a superhero reunion of a different kind.

After months of rehabilitation, Batman and Joker were brought by Seal Rescue Ireland to the North Wexford shoreline to be released into the sea. The pair of seals, who were both brought into the centre as injured pups, didn't wait long to take the plunge.

The release coincided with a beach clean which was organised by Seal Rescue Ireland in association with Clean Coasts Ireland. People of all ages trailed the beach armed with refuse sacks and gloves to collect any rubbish that had been left on the beach. Several people later picked themselves up prizes for discovering unusual items such as bluetooth headphones.

Younger guests also enjoyed some arts and crafts activities and face painting on the beach throughout the afternoon. A table showcasing educational material gave beachgoers some more information about seals in Ireland and the work carried out by the rescue centre itself.

Despite two more of their seal pups gone, there's no time for resting at Seal Rescue Ireland. The organisation currently has more than 20 injured or sick seal pups in care in their rehabilitation in Courtown. They are now preparing for their next release, which is due to take place in Courtown in the coming weeks. However, in order to keep up their work, they require some large bins, five gallon buckets and an outdoor shed. They are currently calling on anybody with these items to spare to get in touch.

Wexford People

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