Sealed with a kiss at Rossnowlagh beach

Merlin and Danby released back into the wild

Matt Britton


Matt Britton


Seals released

Merlin and Danby back in the open waters at Rossnowlagh. Picture: Matt Britton

It was a case of “sealed with a kiss” on Rossnowlagh Beach on Sunday afternoon as seal pups Merlin and Danby were released back into the wild after six months in recuperation at the Seal Sanctuary in Courtown in County Wexford

As the seals were brought carefully to the packed beach hundreds gathered to watch this miracle of nature. Both seals had been washed up in an emaciated condition on beaches in different parts of the country in Rossnowlagh and Waterford and have spent the last six months in a pool together at the sanctuary.

From their behaviour it would seem that they have struck up quite a healthy relationship and expressed a reluctance to leave our Donegal Shores.

At the time of their release the beach was packed with surfers and swimmers but local surf school owner James Garvey marshalled the troops to clear a safe passage for Merlin and Danby.

Becky Britton organiser of the Clean Coasts initiative said, “This is a totally wonderful experience - to see these two pups who were almost dead swimming back out into the ocean and re-discovering their homes. It is just so inspirational.”