Dear Orkney News,
I’ve just seen Ross Flett’s shared post, on TON Facebook page, which includes a picture of an almost strangled seal pup. I’m not on Facebook, so can’t give any response, there. No comment is needed on the distressing nature of the image itself, but I will reiterate that these things would not happen if folk were more careful about their discarded fishing gear.
We usually like to see pictures of birds which are cheery or a bit un-usual. The image in this photo is, I’m afraid, becoming all too ‘usual’.
Mike and I and I went for a walk to Warberth Beach, and we found this Gannet, dead, on the bank by the beach. Either it had got it’s beak caught in the netting, and so, starved, or, it had dived, got caught in the net, and drowned. Either way, a completely un-neccesary and painful death, for this bird, which could have been prevented, by a bit more care being taken, on the part of us humans.
When we saw it, I was angry, very angry – and I still am.
I’m sending it to you to highlight and underline this senseless damage to our seas, and sea-life, that may help to make folk think, hard, about what is happening in the world around us, and the, very large, part we play in preserving, or damaging, that world.
It’s all so un-neccesary, avoidable and …………cruel.
The pretty pictures play their part – Ross Flett’s picture, and this picture, illustrate the other side of human involvement with wildlife.
Yours, Bernie Bell, Orkney