Hundreds of grey seals have been lost on the north Norfolk coast due to the deadly storm surge, say experts.
The National Trust, which supports volunteers at Horsey Gap, issued a statement confirming 263 seals have been lost from the beach.
The charity urged visitors to the area not to interfere with the pups and allow the colony to recover naturally.
The white coats of young pups are a common sight on the beaches at this time of year.
Volunteer group Friends of Horsey Seals monitors the seal population at Horsey Gap nature reserve.
A spokesperson said: “We were powerless to do anything to rescue any of the pups as we could not put any of our wardens in danger.”
The National Trust has been unable to access the national nature reserve at Blakeney Point, where it manages common and grey seal colonies, due to “extensive damage” to footpaths and bridges.
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