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Recovering: the seal pup found at Clearwater last weekend appears to be on the road to recovery. (Photograph supplied)

The grey seal pup rescued at the weekend is continuing on its road to recovery, according to officials.

The pup was first seen on Clearwater Beach in St David’s on Saturday. It was weak, malnourished and dehydrated after being swept to the island from the northerly eastern seaboard — its natural habitat.

A team from the Bermuda Aquarium Museum and Zoo were later able to rescue the seal and place it in a quarantine facility.

A government spokesman said yesterday that the seal was responding to treatment and continues to improve.

The spokesman said: “The BAMZ team are cautiously optimistic as the seal remains in critical but stable condition.

“The seal’s appetite has improved, he can navigate his enclosure for short periods, and natural bodily functions to remove waste are returning, which is a good sign.

“While many of its symptoms are slowly resolving and likely resulting from exhaustion, BAMZ is presently investigating a nasal discharge.

“Updates will be provided in the coming days, and we thank the public for their interest and concern.”

Sandy seals: Hannah Emmerson, of the Bermuda Sandcastle Competition, was inspired by the arrival of the seal to build a pair of “sand seals” at Elbow Beach this weekend. (Photograph and sandcastle by Hannah Emmmerson of @bermudasandcastle)

Hannah Emmerson, of the Bermuda Sandcastle Competition, saw the video of the seal at Clearwater Beach and decided to build a seal sandcastle instead of the castle she usually builds each weekend and posts on Instagram and Facebook.

She said: “This past Sunday was cold and I was dragging my feet to go to the beach to build an already planned-out castle theme when I saw the video of the newest seal pup to wash up.

“I figured that was much more inspiring than a castle!

“I’m glad the post was so well received and touched so many people. It’s worrying that two seals in such a short time have gotten so lost. It makes me worry even more about climate change. Spending so much time on the beach as I do, the plastic pollution I see on a regular basis is terrible.”

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Published February 24, 2023 at 12:48 pm (Updated February 24, 2023 at 12:48 pm)

Rescued seal pup on the road to recovery

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