A “cheeky” seal who was cared for at the RSPCA’s East Winch Wildlife Centre has been spotted relaxing on a beach in France.
Salsa, as he was named by RSPCA staff, was spotted 200 miles away in Boulogne-Sur-Mer harbour on the north coast of France, earlier this month.
He was captured doing a “banana pose” with his flippers in the air.
Evangelos Achilleous, centre manager, said: “We were so delighted to hear that Salsa has been spotted looking so well – and that he was all the way over in France enjoying his new found freedom.
“We remember Salsa in particular as he was very cheeky, he would always remove the plug in his pool and drain the water out several times a day so we would have to be very innovative in making sure the water stayed in.
“We even tried putting weights on the plug but Salsa would usually outsmart us, until he was moved into the outdoor pools – which fortunately don’t have plugs.”
Last June, Salsa was rescued as an orphaned common seal pup from Heacham south beach, weighing just 12 kg.
He was cared for at the centre until he was strong and fit enough to return to the wild.
Salsa was released into The Wash last October weighing a healthy 39.5kg.
Photographer Jean-Luc Bourgain who took the snaps of Salsa, is a member of the National Stranding Network which monitors marine animal sightings.
He said: “I could tell from my research into the tag number that Salsa had been in the care of the RSPCA so I got in touch in the hope of finding out a little bit more about the seal.
“It’s been great to find out a bit more about his background and to be able to let his previous carers know that he is doing so well.”
A seal pup on its own should be left alone, never try to return the pup to water, but monitor from a safe distance for 24 hours to ensure a parent returns.
An unhealthy seal pup looks thin, but not bony, and has a visible neck.
If the mother doesn’t return within 24 hours or you think the pup is sick or injured, call the RSPCA’s emergency line on 0300 1234 999.