27 Jan '12, 5am

Pictures: Stranded baby seals concern Dutch rescuers

Pictures: Stranded baby seals concern Dutch rescuers

A rescued seal is caught to be feed by a volunteer at the Pieterburen Seal Rehabilitation and Research Centre in Groningen, on Jan 16, 2012. -- PHOTO: AFP PIETERBUREN, Netherlands (AFP) - A month ago, a young seal named Marco washed up on a beach on the northern Dutch Frisian island of Ameland, one of a growing number of recently stranded pups that has left his rescuers worried. Cold, hungry and riddled with parasites, Marco was taken to the Zeehondencreche (seal nursery), the country's oldest and largest seal rehabilitation centre on the Dutch north coast. Marco's arrival spelled an avalanche of new infants and since New Year, seal numbers at the centre have more than doubled. 'There has been a dramatic increase in numbers as a result of the recent winter storms in the Wadden Sea,' Mr Karst van der Meulen, who runs the marine mammal rehabilitation centre with his wife Len...

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