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Seal deaths: possible cause of ‘corkscrew seals’ identified

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NEW evidence has suggested that seals found dead in Scotland with unusual spiral injuries – so-called ‘corkscrew seals’ – died following predation by adult grey seals. It had previously been thought that the injuries were caused by ship propellers.

In a press release last month, the Scottish Government explained that, between 2009 and October 2014, 86 seal carcases were found in Scotland with spiral injuries, the cause of which was unknown. Marine Scotland, the directorate of the Scottish Government …

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