Stranded Seals Cause Havoc in Newfoundland Town

Stranded Seals Cause Havoc in Newfoundland Town

Police believe the seal deaths are not criminal and likely due to their having been struck by a auto.

While the rescue plays out, the seals are still put at risk by what turns out to be dangerously effective urban camouflage: Their coats blend right in with the snow and sanded roads. Stenson said both seals were stuck by cars, something Fitzgerald said happened after several days of hearing about near misses from Roddickton residents. "If it's near a town you hear more about it, but it's not totally uncommon for us to get this".

The residents of the town have shared photos and videos of the sea animals taking over their daily lives.

Now that the seals are there, the town and the DFO have to decide what to do about them, and whether or not they should be - or can be - moved. Fitzgerald said more should be done to protect the animals and return them to their habitat.

Garland said local RCMP have not received any complaints from residents about threats to public or animal safety, so the force has not intervened in removing the Roddickton seals.

Mr Fitzpatrick said the seals had been stranded for "a few weeks" and were "probably starving", having become lost some four or five miles from the ocean.

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Seals were trapped at Roddickton-Bide Arm on the island of Newfoundland. Two seals have been struck by vehicles, Fitzgerald says.

"I don't see that there's any way that these seals are going to survive unless officers pick them up and literally bring them back to the edge of the ice".

Harp seals migrate south in groups at this time of year, Garry Stenson, head of the DFO's marine mammals section, told The St. John's Morning Show.

Although harp seals are generally not aggressive, they will defend themselves if humans get too close.

On Wednesday, the town called on the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to send more assistance. So enjoy the unusual site of a group of them this nearby, Stenson said, but do it from a distance. "However, a seal is a wild animal that should not be approached or touched".

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