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  Orphaned seals go back into wild
Updated 25 February 2004, 16.52
Six seals have been released into the wild
Six orphaned seals that were brought up in captivity have been released back into the wild and scientists are using satellites to keep an eye on them.

The seals were found six months ago and weren't very well but the RSPCA has fed them and looked after them since.

Now they're well enough to go back to the sea, but the RSPCA is going to keep an eye on them in the sea.

They've glued transmitters to their fur - that won't hurt the seals - so they can check they're getting on OK.

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The transmitters will show how often and deep they dive, but will fall off once the seals moult in August.

The RSPCA hope the information it gets from the transmitters will make it easier for them to look after young seals in the future.

They hope to learn if seals know how to dive for food without being taught, and if they find the seals can't, they can do more to teach them in the future.

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