Who, age What Where When Last Known Address
Unknown 5 grey seals found beheaded

Whitely Bay, North Tyneside, England

January 11, 2010  
Type of Crime Other Crimes #/Type of animal(s) involved Case Status Next Court Date
    5 grey seals Open  

5 grey seals were found on a north-east beach, 3 of which had been decapitated.  The seals were all juveniles, the oldest of which is thought to have been no more than a year old and the youngest just a few weeks.

The RSPCA is investigating the grim discovery made by a passer-by at Whitely Bay, North Tyneside on January 11, 2010.

"Obviously this was a very upsetting thing to come across and has caused a lot of distress to the person who found them.  These were very young animals, one of them was what's often described as a 'white coat' and was just a few weeks old.  Clearly they haven't died of natural causes and we are very concerned.  We want to hear from anyone who knows anything that might help us in our investigation as soon as possible"  stated RSPCA acting chief inspector Mark Gent.

Anyone with any information should call the RSPCA cruelty line on 0300 1234 999 and ask to leave a message for ACI Gent.

One of the seals was tagged.  Investigations by the RSPCA have found that it was part of a study into the survival and reproductive success of seals conducted by the Sea Mammal Research Unit, St. Andrews, Fife.

Seals are protected under the Conservation of Seals Act 1970 and the Conservation (Natural Habitats &c) Regulations 1994 (as amended).