What to do if you find a seal in need

On the Primorye coast from March to May, and even within nearby populated areas you may find  largha seal pups that were born this year.

Many seal pups die before the end of spring due to early separation from the mother, who was unable to return to the cub, often due to tragic circumstances. Undernourished pups are unable to survive having too little fat reserves. These seal pups are doomed to die. Signs of exhaustion on seal pups are visible even to the non-professional eye, malnutrition causes highly visible neck and hip bones, the skin hangs in folds.  Such baby seals can be saved and returned to the sea in the summer. We have been feeding and caring for the rehabilitation of spotted, puppy seals in need.

If you come across a seal in need of help on the shores, please do not leave him to die. To save a distressed seal you must perform the following steps:

·         Do not throw an exhausted or wounded seal in the water, but rather try to stop him from going into the sea.

·         Get ​​in touch with the Seal hospital employees, tell them about the condition of the seal  and if possible stay with him until the arrival of rescue workers, protect him from dogs.

·         Wait until the arrival of specialists, allow the seal to be as stress-free as possible.

·         Do not make noise.


If you decide to move the seal please follow the instruction given by the Seal hospital employees.

·         Do not warm the animal (if in a car, please turn the heating off) and do not try to feed: milk – poison for seals, seal pups will not have eaten fish yet.

·         Do not put a  seal pup in a bucket of water.

·         For your own safety, do not stroke the seal - its bite is dangerous to humans. The saliva of marine mammals gets into the blood and can cause seal mycoplasmosis.



PS. If you have heard in some TV reports about what we feed seals;  We do not feed them milk as milk is poisonous for a seal,
watch out for bad journalism.

Sometimes  even a fat seal may need help. If, despite the apparently good condition, a pup looks lethargic, motionless, and doesn’t try to escape into the water at your approach, it is a sure sign that all is not right.


Here is a female in an extreme state of exhaustion, weighing just five-kilogram, a few months later she was released back into the sea to be a strong and healthy seal:

Seals are often entangled in old nets and slowly die from suffocation or wounds (as would be the case if no help had arrived), or from starvation, because they are unable to move normally or hunt.

Another problem for seal pups - oil. This puppy was found in 2009 in Vladivostok in the Egersheld and passed into the hands of professionals at "Seal". In the autumn he returned safely to the sea. If he had not received help, he would have died: fuel oil stained animal become a victim of severe intoxication.



Employees at 'Seal' promise to keep you informed about the future of your rescued animal, and also to invite you to its release into the sea.