Luke Pollard MP Member of Parliament for Plymouth Sutton and Devonport
New signs have been installed around Plymouth Sound, warning the public to give seals space, after an intervention from Luke.
Luke has worked with Athena Wildlife Rescue and British Divers Marine Life Rescue to install the signs, after more of the animals have been spotted in the Sound.
The seal most often spotted is a grey juvenile seal named Spearmint, who was rescued and rehabilitated last year before being released back into the wild. Because of this, Spearmint is very friendly towards humans, and has become somewhat of a local celebrity. However, fears have grown that Spearmint’s friendly nature has put her at an increased risk of physical harm from boats, people, and dogs.
The signs urging the public to “give seals space” are near the steps to the tidal pool, at Devil’s Point and at the top of Commercial Wharf slipway. The public are strongly advised to not go near or to interact with the seals at all, and for any dog owners to keep their pets on a lead and under control.
Currently the signs are temporary, with further plans to install more permanent fixtures. Luke has been in touch with Plymouth City Council with a view to making these signs permanent.
“Spearmint the seal is a regular visitor in Plymouth Sound. As a keen wild swimmer myself, I have seen Spearmint when I have been swimming. She is friendly but to keep her and swimmers safe, I’m asking people to try and give her space.
“We’re so lucky to have Plymouth Sound on our doorstep, which is a natural haven for wildlife, and it is why I championed the concept of the Sound becoming the UK’s first National Marine Park.
“Please give the seal space and let’s continue to enjoy our wonderful marine environment.”