Four seals will be released back into the wild in a bid to free up some much-needed space at Scarborough Sea Life centre ahead of a predicted busy seal rescue season.
The grey seals rescued earlier this year have now reached the optimum weight to be able to survive back in the wild and the release mission will begin on Monday as the centre prepares to wave goodbye to Marvel and Master Chief.
Pacman and Daisy will follow swiftly a week later. Both release missions will take place at a seal colony in Lincolnshire.
Displays curator Lyndsey Crawford said: “We are seeing a high volume of calls about common seals in distress across the coast and within a week, we have two patients in the Seal Hospital.
“Not only are the grey seals ready to be released but we could really do with the space in the main seal pools for what could prove to be a busy rescue season.”
The first casualties of the common seal breeding season have been named after ice creams in honour of the warm weather Scarborough has been experiencing.
Fab and Solero are currently undergoing treatment after suffering a similar fate of exhaustion, malnutrition and viral infections.
The advice to anyone who comes across an injured or abandoned seal pup is to remain a safe distance away, try to stay quiet and call Scarborough Sea Life centre on 01723 373414 with as much information as possible about the condition of the seal and its location.