Stranding and rehabilitation in numbers: population development and stranding data on the Dutch coasts 1990-2016

Seal rescuing has been subject to much debate in the Netherlands. Despite rescue efforts and the large press coverage, there have been only unclear records of the numbers found sick or dead on the Dutch coasts rendering it difficult to evaluate these practices. This report describes a first overview of a unique data set based on a public internet site where individuals can report sightings: waarneming.nl.

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