Our team record all deceased common and grey seals along the Yorkshire coast to assist in monitoring population health. If you come across a dead seal you can report it to us via our ‘Contact us’ page.
As deceased common and grey seals in Yorkshire can host a number of infectious pathogens, never touch or move a seal carcass. If safe to do so, the details you provide above will enable one of our team to attend the seal to take further pictures, measurements and establish the gender of the animal.
We also advise informing the council (particularly if in a public place with high footfall), the council will contact the relevant bodies and will liaise with them to agree the removal of the carcass wherever practicable.
The remoteness of some of our beaches means that access can sometime be very challenging. To aid us in locating the carcass to record data we highly recommend downloading the free app ‘what 3 words’ to your phone. This free mapping software can be found here: what3words /// The simplest way to talk about location