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Heartbreaking images reveal the toll that Britain's plastic waste crisis is having on its seals.
Pictures show animals with plastic rings around their necks, some of which cut inches deep into their blubber, hindering the creatures' ability to move and hunt.
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The RSPCA has warned that the number of seals with 'horrifying' injuries caused by plastic waste each year is at its worst in a decade.
Items causing such injuries - and even death - include fishing nets or pieces of plastic waste which are plighting areas of the coast, including Horsey beach in Norfolk.
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Horsey is known for its vibrant seal population and is a popular spot for British seal tourism, with more than 1,600 pups born there last year.
Alison Charles, manager of the RSPCA's East Winch Wildlife Centre, Norfolk, said man made items left in the water or on beaches are killing seals every day.
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'Seals are inquisitive, so they get caught in nets from fishing trawlers and the single nylon lines used in mackerel fishing, and frisbees - just all the rubbish that's out there,' he said.
'These poor animals are getting stuck and suffer horrendous and often terrible disgusting slow deaths.
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'They cannot extend their neck, so they cannot fish. It is absolutely horrifying.'
The RSPCA has previously rescued and treated between two and four seals each year, and none at all before 2008.
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But within the last year 10 seals have been rescued with plastic and metal rings around their necks, as well at rope and plastic nylon netting that they...
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