Dead Seals with “Corkscrew” Cuts in Scotland and England

“In terms of mechanical devices on the seabed that could make these corkscrew cuts in the seals - no, we are not aware of anything at all.”

- Dave Thompson, Ph.D., SMRU, Scotland

August 24, 2010  Fife, Scotland - Since late July 2009, the U. K.'s Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) has been investigating the phenomenon of dead seals found with the mysterious corkscrew slicing around their bodies. To date from beaches in St. Andrews Bay and Firth of Forth near Fife, Scotland, the lab has gathered sixteen Harbor and decided two Grey seals in 2008 were in the same corkscrew cut category for a total of eighteen. SMRU later learned that the same disturbing corkscrew cuts were being reported in December 2009, about 300 miles south in North Norfolk on the beaches of Blakeney Point, Morston and Wells.

Upper red circle marks St. Andrews Bay and Firth of Forth, Scotland. About 300 miles southeast down the North Sea coast the bottom red circle marks the location of Blakeney Point, Morston and Wells beaches in North Norfolk County, England.
Upper red circle marks St. Andrews Bay and Firth of Forth, Scotland. About 300 miles southeast down the North Sea coast the bottom red circle marks the location of Blakeney Point, Morston and Wells beaches in North Norfolk County, England.

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