Seal washes up dead after being decapitated by frisbee as charities call for ban

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A seal has been decapitated by a plastic frisbee that was left at a popular seaside resort, prompting pleas for visitors to avoid littering.

The strangled seal was believed to be an adult and washed up on Suffolk shores with a flying disc wrapped around its neck.

Local resident Kate Wing found the seal and said: "It was distressing to see the seal in that state. I felt it was necessary to show what impact such a simple toy can have on our wildlife.

"Some people just are not aware how much of an issue they are and how many seals are killed and injured every year."

Kate, 39, is setting up a government petition for a nationwide ban on the sale of frisbees.

She added: "Even if people play with them inland they can still end up in the water. The seals find frisbees in the water when they're young and get them stuck around their necks.

"As they get older and bigger the ring gets tighter around the neck. If they aren't saved by humans it will eventually kill them."

Wildlife groups have also warned people about the dangers of leaving plastic discs lying around on beaches.

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The Norfolk-based animal charity Marine and Wildlife Rescue, shared an image of the seal on Facebook and posted it with the caption: "The real impact of flying rings in our sea."

One person commenting on the post said: "We need to share this to all corners of the world. It's not just in this country that this awful tragedy happens."

The graphic image showed the washed-up pinniped with a frisbee pinned around his neck.

Some seals have been rescued and released back into the wild after close encounters with frisbees and plastic discs, CornwallLive reported, with seals spotted on the Norfolk coast with frisbees around their necks three years ago.

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