Washed up beheaded seals have horrified beachgoers prompting an investigation.
A pair of headless seal bodies found on two different beaches in Lincolnshire in what a witness has described as "suspicious".
The county's wildlife trust says the carcass Haley Williams from Nottingham spotted at Anderby Creek beach near Skegness on Sunday, had been dead for months.
Mrs Williams was taking a honeymoon stroll with husband Paul, 42, when they came across the disturbing find which she reported to the RSPCA.
Mrs Williams, 41, said: "I wasn't happy that the injuries were caused by an animal or a boat, the cuts looked too straight and clean.
"You can see a snag in the cut around the seal's neck as if a knife or blade got stuck.
"I reported the one at Anderby to the RSPCA because I was suspicious that a person had done it."
She added: "On Sunday afternoon while I was on the beach with my family we warned a couple of families with children that the seal was further up the beach and they might want to avoid it.
"There was a man on the beach walking in that direction so my 11-year-old daughter told him about the seal and he said: 'that’s what happens when they come down this way.'
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"He carried on walking towards where the seal was and we came off the beach because I felt unsettled by his comments."
Another beheaded seal was also found by beach walkers by the North Sea Observatory cafe on Chapel St Leonards beach on Friday, December 31.
A Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust spokesperson said: "The seal on the beach at Anderby Creek is very decomposed and has probably been dead for several months and floating out to sea.
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"Recent winds and tides finally brought it to the coast.
"It's not possible to determine exactly what has happened to the seal but the straight-line cut around the shoulder may have been because of entanglement in netting which has garrotted the animal.
"Scavengers and decomposers find it easier to start attacking the head as there are easy portals to get a mouthful/tooth hold eg: eyes, ears, mouth etc."
The spokesperson added: "The head can get easily removed as there is only a small part of the spine holding it onto the body.
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"Going in straight to the torso is quite difficult for scavengers as the skin is tough.
"It's tragic to see a dead seal washed up on the beach in this way but it highlights the dangers the animals face from netting, rope and other discarded waste in the marine environment."
Lincolnshire Wildlife Trust also said that marine litter causes one million birds and 100,000 marine mammals to be killed by plastic litter every year around the world.
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