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Bad weather hits seals' breeding

Grey seals
Pups have been swept out breeding areas

Strong tides and stormy seas are being blamed by wildlife experts for a difficult breeding season for Cornwall's grey seals.

Eight seal pups were found dead within a six-day period at the beginning of the month.

Others have been taken to the National Seal Sanctuary in Gweek after being separated from their mothers.

The conditions had caused pups to be swept out of coves, caves and other breeding areas, they said.

Sanctuary staff said they were working to make the pups feel calm after losing contact with their mothers and ensuring they were fed and well looked after.

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