A grey seal has been causing a stir in Seaford since his arrival on the beach last week.
Nicknamed Trevor locally, the seal has shored up on the seafront to moult.
Since his appearance he has attracted hundreds of onlookers who have been taking photos and video of him.
However wildlife rescue groups ensuring the safety of the wild animal are calling on people to keep their distance.
Rescue coordinator Julie Cable said: “They carry a nasty bite and infections.
“We don’t mind people coming to have a look but they just need to be respectful that it is a wild animal and it is unpredictable.
“We are urging the public to keep back.”
They had to call police when they became concerned for the animal’s safety, after youths did not heed advice to keep away from the cordoned area and were shining laser lights at the animal.
The seal first turned up on Eastbourne Beach last week and worked his way down the coast to Seaford, making his first appearance on Thursday May 16.
He disappeared for a few hours on Wednesday May 22 but then returned to the beach.
The moulting period usually lasts about two to three weeks so it is possible Seaford’s newest celebrity could be sticking around for a while longer yet.
During moulting seals become quite inactive allowing the public to get up close.
He is about two to three years old and would normally carry out the moulting process with the rest of his colony, but for some reason has chosen to hole up on Seaford seafront, which the British Divers Marine Life Rescue charity described as very unusual.
The group has been working with East Sussex Wildlife and Rescue Service to watch over the animal and keep the public safe, with the support of Solent Coastguard, which cordoned off the area and Sussex Police.
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