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Harbour seal:<br />
An investigation is underway following the unusual deaths of 33 seals washed up along the east coast of Scotland and England. Scotland's Environment Secretary has asked scientists to investigate the potential cause of death of the animals whose carcases were washed ashore showing a single, smooth-edged cut starting at the head and spiralling around the body. <br />
The Sea Mammal Research Unit at the University of St Andrews will investigate the strange 'corkscrew' injuries, which are not consistent with any known phenomenon such as those caused by fishing nets or boat propellers. Richard Lochhead said: "Seals form an important part of Scotland's rich marine environment and it's critical that we establish the cause of these strange seal deaths and do all we can to protect our seal populations, particularly as numbers have reduced in recent years."<br />
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Harbour seal:
An investigation is underway following the unusual deaths of 33 seals washed up along the east coast of Scotland and England. Scotland's Environment Secretary has asked scientists to investigate the potential cause of death of the animals whose carcases were washed ashore showing a single, smooth-edged cut starting at the head and spiralling around the body.
The Sea Mammal Research Unit at the University of St Andrews will investigate the strange 'corkscrew'...
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