A 'pregnant' endangered seal was spotted with a plastic dog frisbee stuck over her head and 'cutting into her neck' - prompting an angry animal charity volunteer to beg pet owners to stop buying the 'potentially deadly' toys.

Adge Lane was seal watching near The Little Orme in Llandudno, North Wales on September 2 when one ‘tortured’ beached mammal caught his eye among the rest of the pod.

The retired 72-year-old quickly began taking snaps that show the endangered Atlantic grey looking glum with a 10-inch wide plastic frisbee tightly wedged underneath her chin.

More sobering images of the pinniped swimming shows her managing to keep up with her pal while another pictures just her head surrounded by the white dog toy protruding from the sea.

Adge believes the ring is 'impossible' for the 200kg seal to remove as it's likely to have dropped over her nose when she was younger and now is stuck as the creature has grown around it.

The British Divers Marine Life Rescue volunteer claims such an injury could suffocate the seal as she grows, cause issues for her giving birth and even cause her to starve, cutting her 25-year life expectancy painfully short.

The dog frisbee can be seen digging into the pregnant seal's neck, causing significant discomfort
The dog frisbee can be seen digging into the pregnant seal's neck, causing significant discomfort

The grandad of four posted his photos on Facebook to emphasise the danger of discarded plastic, and he's since pleaded with dog owners to stop buying toy frisbees with a hole in the centre.

Adge, from Urmston, Greater Manchester, said: "These dog frisbees and sea life, it doesn't mix. I'd urge dog owners not to buy them, particularly if you're near the cost.

"It makes you angry because dogs don't differentiate between those with a hole in and a ball or a solid frisbee, but at least those aren't going to get entangled and interfere with wildlife.

"Nobody's throwing them in the water purposefully because it can go anywhere like a frisbee, but I just wouldn't entertain buying one at all. I don't think they should be sold to be honest.

"If the ring bites so far into its neck it won't be able to eat and it'll die, but if it's already fully grown maybe it could go years with that on.

"It'll have gone onto them when they were young or fairly thin, then as they grow it just bites and bites into their neck. It'll be very painful and it'll be impossible to get it over her head.

"We think it's a pregnant female, so it might even interrupt with her pups, that's another horrible thought. There's very little that can be done. There's no real way it can be rescued.

Adge, who moved to North Wales four years ago, volunteers every day with British Divers Marine Life Rescue
Adge, who moved to North Wales four years ago, volunteers every day with British Divers Marine Life Rescue

"All we can do is stop it from happening in the first place. It's a 200kg huge piece of blubber and you'd need six-eight people and even then it'd be like a bucking bronco.

"[The frisbee] stuck out to me straight away. It's still been accepted by the other seals, luckily. It's not been fought off.

"Atlantic grey seals are endangered worldwide, but I'd say 40 per cent of the world's Atlantic grey seals live in UK waters, so we've got to look after them."

Adge, who moved to North Wales four years ago, volunteers every day with British Divers Marine Life Rescue to monitor the local seal colonies to help prevent them being disturbed.

The retired manufacturing machinist knows the seal was in the area until at least Sunday, and he hopes she'll remain there so he can keep an eye on her.

Adge's Facebook post, which has been shared more than 200 times, said: "Dog ring flyer. They're so much fun for your doggie, but so much torture for wildlife."

In a second post he added: "Please share as wide as possible. Don't buy these dog ring flyers. They cause so much torture to our amazing wildlife. Your dog will happily chase a ball or a stick.

Adge believes the ring is 'impossible' for the 200kg seal to remove because it dropped over her nose when she was younger
Adge believes the ring is 'impossible' for the 200kg seal to remove because it dropped over her nose when she was younger

Elizabeth Boyd Harvey Keeling commented: "What a species we are."

Holly Dexter said: "This is so sad. Hopefully Marine Life can help her."

Karen Billington added: This is awful, I do hope someone can help her

Adge replied: "We can also make people aware of the cause of this Karen. I'm sure all dog lovers would be horrified to think of this happening to animals. Discourage the sale of these rings."

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