TWO SEAL corpses were found washed up on Booley Bay beach, near Fethard, last week.
Located in close proximity to each other, the two seals were emaciated and malnourished, when found by a man on the beach last Tuesday afternoon.
According to Kevin Maccormick, the chairman of the Irish Whale and Dolphin Group and a volunteer with the Irish Seal Sanctuary, multiple seal corpse strandings are not unusual at this time of the year and especially after storms as weak and debilitated seals succumb to raging seas.
Booley Bay, dependant on tidal, current or wind conditions is a catchment area and has historically had numerous cetacean and seal strandings.
The trauma wounds and blood evident on the seals are as a result of seabird predation, explained Mr Maccormick, adding that the grey seal has a very high mortality rate and it is not unusual to find large amounts of dead seal pups from September through to February.