A much-travelled seal sees the vet

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A much-travelled seal sees the vet
LONG DISTANCE: An Oceanografic vet delivers the antibiotic Photo credit: Fundacion Oceanografic Valencia

VETS used a blowgun syringe to inject a grey seal with antibiotic off the Altea-Javea coast.

The seal, whose normal habitat is the North Atlantic, had made its way into the Mediterranean after being spotted off the Algarve and Gibraltar.

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Vets from Valencia’s Fundacion Oceanografic saw that it has a wound caused by a fishing line still attached to its neck, but the animal has eluded all attempts to catch it. Instead they used the blowgun to deliver the antibiotic.

The medication’s effects last 30 days and the vets hope that this, together with the abundant food they have provided, can help it to overcome infection.



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Linda Hall
Linda came to Spain to live when she was 24, just over 52 years ago, and her husband is Spanish. She began writing for English-language local newspapers in the mid-1970s and hasn’t stopped since! She leads a Spanish life, which she believes is vital when conveying the news to English-speaking residents, and along the way she produced two editions of Expand Your Spanish, helping English-speakers to enlarge their knowledge of the language. She was excited to be in at the birth of the Euro Weekly News in 1999 and is still passionately writing for the paper 22 years later.

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