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Dead seals washed up on beach

CARCASSES BEING EXAMINED TO ESTABLISH CAUSE OF DEATHS

ELAINE FURLONG

Published 15/01/2013 | 10:16

District Conservation Ranger Lorcan Scott with one of the seals that washed up on Duncannon Beach last week.

THE RESULTS of a post mortem examination are being awaited to establish what caused the deaths of three seals found washed up on Duncannon Beach.

The mammals were discovered on Tuesday by the National Parks and Wildlife Service.

According to Tony Murray, Conservation Ranger for South County Wexford, prior to Christmas the National Parks and Wildlife Service were contacted by the Seal Sanctuary after seals were washed up in Waterford Harbour and also in Wexford.

Photographs were taken of the dead mammals, their carcasses were documented and a physical assessment was carried out of their remains.

On foot of these reports Tony and his colleague in Waterford have been continuously monitoring the situation.

On Tuesday Tony travelled to Duncannon Beach where he found three new seals that he hadn't seen on a previous visit.

'All were freshly dead,' explained Tony, adding that on examination they appeared to have no injuries.

' Having three dead seals on a beach is quite unusual,' he added.

Contact was made with the Department of Agriculture and one of the seals was taken to the District Veterinary Laboratory in Kilkenny on Tuesday for a post mortem examination.

The National Parks and Wildlife Service are now waiting to hear from lab as to the results of the post mortem.

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