When a curious gray seal poked his head into a cluster of nets, he had not idea what he was getting into. Thanks to a few concerned people who spotted the tangled seal, he was happy to see help arrive.
The Scottish SPCA responded to the scene at Scotland’s Cruden Bay, where rescuers were shocked by what they saw.
“The amount of netting tangled around the seal’s neck was the largest I have ever seen,” John Carle, chief inspector for the Scottish SPCA, said in a statement to The Dodo.
It took three members of the SPCA and four helpful volunteers to lift the seal vehicle. They took him to SPCA’s rescue center in Drumoak, where the nets were removed entirely and he received a clean bill of health.
“Thankfully there were no injuries in this case and we were able to release him relatively quickly,” Carle explained, noting that, if he hadn’t been found, the seal could have suffered from cuts and resulting infections.
The seal looked excited in his doggy crate, which the SPCA used to transport him back to the beach.
The team encouraged the seal to go back home.
Before swimming out toward the North Sea, the little guy looked back as he was saying thank you for saving me!
Then he swam back out into the wild ocean, where he belongs.