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Young seal with soft drink can stuck on its jaw spotted for first time in a week but continues to evade capture

The young seal was initially spotted in water at Belfast Lough with the can stuck in its jaw
Marie Louise McConville

A SEAL pup which was spotted earlier this month with a soft drink can stuck in its jaw, has been seen alive but continues to evade capture.

The young seal was initially spotted earlier this month in Belfast Lough.

Wildlife experts fearing for its life, that it may tire from not being able to hunt and eat and may drown, set up searches which were aided by experts from Exploris Aquarium in Portaferry and Lagan Search and Rescue.

However, while searches had been continuing, there had been no confirmed sightings until yesterday afternoon.

According to the Debbie Doolittle's Wild Life Facebook page, the seal was spotted alive "at the back" of Harland and Wolff "unfortunately in a spot there was no access to".

"But the can is still firmly attached to its lower teeth via its lip or lower canines".

The post added that it was the first confirmed sighting of the seal in a week.

It also appealed to anyone who works or walks in the area of the SSE Arena down to the ferry ports to "please keep your eyes open".

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