The RSPCA East Winch Centre based in Norfolk, UK is one of the largest marine mammal veterinary facilities in the country, with specially build theatre rooms as well as large indoor and outside pools, for the rehabilitation of both Grey and Common Seals. Due to the facilities at the centre Seals nationwide are brought here for treatment and rehabilitation, and as a result of this, the centre can be caring for hundreds of seals at any given time, 365 days of the year!
In May 2017 I was lucky enough to spend the day with the amazing and enormously dedicated crew members of the East Winch centre where the goal was to document the whole process of their Seal release. The plan for the day was to release 7 Grey Seals which were occupying one of the outside pools, the Seals had been brought into the centre as young pups back in the winter shortly after being born, and had been successfully cared for by the team at East Winch. The seals were finally up to their desired weight, and so the time had come for their release back into the wild.
Wishing to venture further into wildlife photojournalism in the near future I was looking forward to the challenge of trying to portray a story through still imagery - something that is very difficult to achieve successfully, and is an area I feel I need lots more practice with.
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