A WILDLIFE group is asking people to steer clear of seal pups.
The biggest risk they face is from disturbance so owners are asked to ensure that any dogs are kept under control and away from any young seals on the coast.
Northumberland Wildlife Trust is also asking for help from anyone who may come across a dead seal.
As a significant seal population, it is important that numbers are monitored. There is growing concern over an apparent rise in numbers of deaths.
Steve Lowe, head of conservation at the trust, said: “This sounds like a particularly grisly project but we think it is an extremely valuable approach that visitors to the coast can help with.
“The Trust receives random reports of dead seals from the public but we hope this will increase reporting rates and help to establish what factors have the greatest impact upon seal numbers.”
If you find a dead seal, contact Mr Lowe on 0191 284 6884 with the exact location and, if possible, a digital photo of the dead animal.