Two rescued seal pups were released back into the wild after being treated at an aquarium.
The grey seal pups were rescued in January after being found starving, dehydrated and underweight after apparently being abandoned on the Northumberland coastline.
The pups, both males, were taken to Tynemouth Blue Reef Aquarium’s Marine Rescue Centre and looked after by volunteers from the charity Pawz for Thought.
During their treatment the pair were able to be viewed by visitors via a television screen, which ensured they did not become too familiarised with humans before being released back into the wild.
Blue Reef Aquarium’s Caitlin Shields, who took part in the release, said: “It’s an amazing feeling when you watch the pups return to the wild.
“They took a couple of seconds to adjust to their surroundings after being released out of the kennels and then went into the water.”
It’s an amazing feeling when you watch the pups return to the wildCaitlin Shields, Blue Reef Aquarium
“One of the pups even started playing with some seaweed before swimming off.
“If they had not been rescued when they were then both of them would have almost certainly died. They have made a pretty much full recovery thanks to the care and attention of the volunteers and have been given a second chance at life.”
The seal pups had a temporary yellow marker sprayed on to their back to help identify them.
In the last 12 years more than 220 seals have been treated at the aquarium before being transferred to the RSPCA rehabilitation centre in Norfolk.