Seal swims 80 miles with Red Bull can stuck in its mouth before getting rescued
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A seal spotted swimming for more than a week with a large Red Bull energy drink can stuck in its mouth has been rescued by the Ministry of Defence.
The seal was first spotted October 6 swimming off the coast of Belfast, Northern Ireland, near the Harland and Wolff shipyard, but this weekend it turned up in Scotland, on the River Clyde, resting on a storm drain.
MoD Police Clyde Marine Unit officers freed the animal in distress and said they "would urge people to take extra care in how they dispose of their rubbish near any waterway," in a statement to the BBC.
Having attracted a lot of attention after being spotted in the north of Ireland, the seal's rescue was welcomed by rescuers there.
"We have had word this morning from Exploris Aquarium that the plucky little seal that evaded capture in Belfast Harbour had travelled to Scotland where it was spotted and the can has now been removed from its lower jaw," Lagan Search and Rescue said in a Facebook post.
"We are delighted to hear that its ordeal has had such a positive outcome."
Exploris seal rescue team worked in collaboration with the Belfast Harbor Police, Lagan Search and Rescue, and the charity Debbie Doolittle Wildlife Rescue before the seal went to the Clyde, presumably via the Firth of Clyde near Ayr.
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Attempts were made by harbour police to help the animal, but it swam away into Belfast Lough and had not been seen since, until it popped up in Scotland, around 80 miles from its original spot.
Marine pollution is a combination of chemicals and trash, most of which comes from land sources and is washed or blown into the ocean.
"This pollution results in damage to the environment, to the health of all organisms, and to economic structures worldwide," according to the National Geographic Society.
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