East Lothian residents are being advised to keep an eye out for seal pups on beaches.

The pups are common on beaches at this time of year and East Lothian Countryside Rangers say are asking walkers to keep an eye out - from a distance - for any potentially injured seals.

The Rangers advised that anyone who sees a potentially injured seal should monitor it from a distance before contacting the SSPCA. Dead seals should be reported to the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS) on 07979 245893.

An East Lothian Countryside Rangers spokesperson said: “It's that time of year when we start to get reports of seal pups on our beaches. It’s normal for seals to spend time onshore and seal pups will often be left by their mother whilst she feeds.

“However, please call Scottish SPCA on 03000 999 999 if you find a seal that has visible signs of injury, looks skinny or lethargic or has breathing difficulties. If you suspect a seal is ill, monitor them from a safe distance and keep dogs on a lead as they can drive seals back to the water and seriously harm them, or cause unnecessary stress.

“If you come across a dead seal, please report it to the Scottish Marine Animal Stranding Scheme (SMASS). They record mortality and may also collect the carcass for necropsy.”