VIDEO Suzie the seal has been safely returned to the sea
After employees spotted the seal, which they named “Suzie”, they immediately notified the British Divers Marine Life Rescue (BDLMR), a voluntary marine animal rescue organisation.
Rob Starbuck, Environmental Compliance Coordinator at Dungeness B power station said: “The seals don’t affect operations at the station, apart from a little bit of excitement amongst the staff!”
Working closely with the station, the marine specialists coaxed Suzie out of the large, open-air chamber on Monday 14 July. She climbed on to the specially-designed platform just three minutes after lowering it in.
Stephen Marsh, operations manager at BDMLR said, “I think three minutes is a record for us! We’re all happy she has now been returned safely and appreciate the level of effort the station puts in to ensure the seals leave the station in good condition.”
Suzie was released at Sandwich Bay on the same day as her rescue.
Stephen added, “Before she went into the sea, we sprayed her with an identification marker that will disappear over the next couple of weeks, so people shouldn’t be alarmed if they see a seal with a blue head!”
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A female grey seal has been safely released back in to the wild, happy and unharmed from her visit to Dungeness B power station.
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