13 Jan '12, 3pm

More than 100 baby seals rescued on Dutch coast

More than 100 baby seals rescued on Dutch coast

THE HAGUE: A Dutch marine rescue centre for baby seals said Friday more than 100 of the sea mammal pups had washed up along the country's northern coastline after recent storms. The large numbers -- which the centre blamed in part on rising environmental pressures that leave the young seals weak -- had stretched the centre's capacity, forcing it to put up an extra tent and pool. "In the last 10 days, as a result of storms, we have rescued more than 100 seals washed up, with the total number at the centre shooting up to 365," said Zeehondencreche (Seal Nursery) director Lenie t'Hart. Usually the centre rescues about 150 seals a year, she said. Although stormy weather in the Wadden Sea -- an intertidal zone spanning the coast and the Wadden Islands in the northern Netherlands -- played a role, t'Hart said growing numbers washing up, especially pups, showed the Dutch seal pop...

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