Dead Seal with Fishhook in Stomach



Fishhook in the stomach of the seal.
Dead Seal with Fishhook in Stomach
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A seal that stranded in Blankenberge this week has been examined. The animal died a painful death from a hook in the stomach.
Dead seal

On Monday, December 14th, 2015 a seal was found in the harbor of Blankenberge. The animal had recently died, and an autopsy was conducted by Thierry Jauniaux of the University of Liège, in collaboration with our colleagues from RBINS and from Sea Life Blankenberge. During the autopsy severe injuries were observed in the esophagus and stomach, and a fishhook was found in the stomach. The fishhook led to peritonitis and a relatively quick death.

Old friend

The seal was an old friend: the animal stranded as a pup earlier this year and had been rehabilitated by Sea Life Blankenberge. The animal was declared completely healthy and was released back into the sea on November 28, 2015 in Blankenberge. Unfortunately, the seal could not enjoy freedom for long ...


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