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Last Updated: Monday March 31 2008 09:59 GMT

Seals struggle in stormy weather

Some seals are very poorly
Some seals are very poorly
It seems the UK's seals have been struggling recently, as a sanctuary in Norfolk is caring for twice the number of creatures than it usually does.

The sanctuary in eastern England normally nurses about 30 seals at this time of year, but at the moment they've got 60.

Stormy
This pair are making a good recovery
This pair are making a good recovery

Experts fear that stormy weather and higher sea levels mean that many pups are getting separated from their mothers.

Caring for the creatures doesn't come cheap, with seal food alone costing around 800 a week.
Having fun in the outdoor pool
Having fun in the outdoor pool

Wild

Some of the seals are really thin and poorly.

They are kept inside until they are better.

To get the seals used to returning to the open sea, they move into an outdoor pool where they can get back to the ways of the wild.
Returning to the open sea
Returning to the open sea

Success

The sanctuary has many success stories, with creatures being returned to the open sea once they have been nursed back to health.