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Keen wildlife lovers have aired concerns after a popular seal in Millport bay was spotted with apparent injuries.

Islander Eillidh Beck spotted the large marine creature, which has been a regular fixture in Millport bay for many years, with a hook above its eye, as well as cuts to its side.

Largs and Millport Weekly News: Fish hook spotted attached to seal has sparked concernsFish hook spotted attached to seal has sparked concerns (Image: Eilidh Beck)

She said: "This little guy seems to be in a bit of trouble, has a hook above its eye and also lìne cutting into its side, most likely caught around its feet.

"I have contacted marine medics who said if he is spotted again, they sending will send somebody out."

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"I have been back out, and no sign of him. If anyone happens to spot it could they contact marine medics 01825765546 please."

Seal rescue has remained a major component of the British Divers Marine Life Rescue work, with medics rescuing animals in all seasons around the UK.

Every year, BDMLR trains over 1,000 volunteer Marine Mammal Medics and has 20 whale rescue pontoons located at strategic points throughout the UK, waiting to help stranded whales and dolphins.

Medics are trained to provide them with the basic knowledge, skills and expertise to enable volunteer teams to respond to a callout and act on behalf of that animal’s best welfare interests.