Investigations into death of young seal at St Andrews Aquarium

Leif was the second seal to die at St Andrews Aquarium within a matter of weeks. (Photo: Julie Broadfoot)
Leif was the second seal to die at St Andrews Aquarium within a matter of weeks. (Photo: Julie Broadfoot)
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St Andrews Aquarium is taking precautions following the unexpected death of their youngest harbour seal, Leif.

This unexpected loss occurred just a few weeks after the death of their oldest seal, Laurel.

Access to the seal pool has been restricted, although members of the public can still observe them, while specialists assess and monitor the general well-being of St Andrews Aquarium’s two remaining seals, Nelly and Togo.

Laurel died of liver failure in January, and Leif died yesterday (Wednesday). Both have been transported to a specialist research unit near Inverness for autopsy in a bid ascertain if their deaths are related and, if they are, the nature of the cause.

John Mace, manager of St Andrews Aquarium, said: “We are devastated at the loss of Leif, but we are lucky that Scotland has some of the foremost experts in the world on seals, and we anticipate we’ll have answers within a week.

“We are, of course, concerned about Togo and Nelly, and both are being closely monitored until we have further guidance from experts as to whether there is any underlying reason for both Laurel or Leif’s death or if it is simply a tragic coincidence.”