We are thrilled that SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth has launched a striking new display created with Friends of Horsey Seals that highlights the terrible injuries that seals suffer from discarded plastic flying rings stuck around their necks.
Urging people to leave their flying rings at home and not bring them to the beach, the large wall display explains how curious young seals can be attracted to discarded or lost rings and sometimes playfully put their head through the hole. Once stuck they are unable to get the rings off and as they grow bigger, the rings cut into their necks causing deep, infected and painful wounds – sometimes fatally.
Nathan Barnett, general manager at SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth, said:
‘I think it’s key that we try to show a wider audience about the real hazard of these toys, especially as they are often sold near the coast. The many tourists who come to our beaches may simply not be aware of the dangers these flying discs pose to the wonderful seals.’
Jenny Hobson, founder of the campaign to stop the sale of these rings in local shops, says
‘We are so grateful that SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth is supporting us in this cause. It breaks my heart to see these beautiful, inquisitive animals suffering through no fault of their own.’
The display is funded by Cromer Town Council and supported by Great Yarmouth Borough Council and Greater Yarmouth Tourism & Business Improvement Area. The display is open for viewing at SEA LIFE Great Yarmouth from 9.30am to 4pm daily. For more information on the site, please visit the SEA LIFE website here.Go back