24 Oct '13, 1pm
WATCH: Strangled Seal Freed From Fishing Gear
The rescue team was able to bring the seal onboard and remove the line, and the prognosis is good news. “We felt as though the entanglement had occurred fairly recently because the line had not started to abrade the skin around the neck. Often times, with animals that have been entangled for months or longer, the line can start to lacerate through the skin and blubber layers which makes disentanglement much more difficult to perform. Once all the gear was successfully removed, and the seal was given a thorough health assessment, we were able to release the seal back into the water gear- free,” IFAW adds.