A wildlife charity is urging members of the public to leave seal pups alone.
Northumberland Wildlife Trust is encouraging anyone who sees any young seals basking on the south east Northumberland coastline on their own, not to panic and to simply leave them alone.
The biggest risk seal pups face at this time is unnecessary disturbance, so dog owners are asked to ensure that their animals are kept under control and away from any young seals.
Northumberland Wildlife Trust is also asking for help from anyone who may come across a dead seal during a visit to the coast.
The trust is working with the Sea Mammal Research Unit at University of St Andrews, the Berwickshire and North Northumberland Coast European Marine Site (EMS) and the Marine Management Organisation (MMO) to investigate the cause of seal deaths along the coast.
Should anybody find a dead seal, they can contact Aurelie Bohan on (0191) 284 6884 or email her at Aurelie.firstname.lastname@example.org with details.