A grey seal was rescued and returned to the sea unharmed after being discovered tangled in netting on the beach at Cruden Bay on Tuesday.
It took three Scottish SPCA officers to transport the bull grey seal to the charity’s centre in Aberdeenshire, where another three members of staff assisted in cutting him free.
Chief Inspector John Carle said, “The amount of netting tangled around the seal’s neck was the largest I have ever seen.
“He was so large and heavy it took three of our officers to lift him and take him to our centre in Drumoak where we cut the net away.”
Had the seal not been discovered and freed the net would have eventually cut into his skin which would have resulted in septicaemia or other infections.
CI Carle said: “Thankfully there were no injuries in this case and we were able to release him relatively quickly.
“It was a lovely moment watching the seal heading back into the water.”
Anyone who discovers an injured or distressed animal should call the Scottish SPCA Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999.