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Mushamna – saving the seal – 06 August 2018

The anchor was on the bottom in Mushamna, we were about to finish a cosy evening and call it a day as a small seal was seen near the beach entangled in a piece of fishing net, fighting for its life. All this plastic in the sea and on the shore or elsewhere in the environment is so disgusting! What is so difficult about putting old fishing gear or whatever it is in a container in the harbour or wherever? Why do endless quantities of it constantly end up in the sea, causing immense damage to the environment and slow and painful deaths to countless animals?

Mushamna

Mushamna

In this case, at least, we could help. It was a small seal, probably a young Ringed seal, which I could easily grab in the shallow water and lift up on the beach, so Pål could cut the net with a sharp knife. The net had already started to cut into the skin around the neck, so the poor beast must have been close to suffocating and it was really high time! Of course it was under shock and it needed some moments until it started to calm down again and to breath freely, but then it swam away, making a very healthy and lively impression on us, so we are sure it is in good shape again! Probably it was just our imagination, but when it actually dived through under our boat, we had the impression it did so to say thank you and goodbye. A wonderful moment that made us really happy! I don’t want to think of all the animals which suffer a similar fate without anyone around who could help, but sometimes you are lucky enough to be in the right place at the right time and able to do th! e right thing. Please, everybody, be responsible with plastic!

Mushamna

Mushamna
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