2 seals dead in northern N.L. town swarmed by the confused mammals


Observe in Roddickton-Bide Arm, N.L. — the community that at least 40 seals are currently racket home — have confirmed that two of the mammals have died. 

A spokesperson for the RCMP remarked officers responded to a complaint Wednesday morning, and on arriving at the scene, they establish employees from Department of Fisheries and Oceans were there as ooze. 

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

Mayor Sheila Fitzgerald said the seals’ pallid coats blend in with the road, and the town has had several calls from drivers who’ve had niggardly misses.

2 seals dead in northern N.L. town swarmed by the confused mammals

Roddickton resident Brendon FitzPatrick says the seals drink likely been at the mouth of the brook for several weeks. He’s worried they’re starving. (Brendon FitzPatrick/Ado)

“It actually feels like we’re being inundated with seals, because there’s seals on the route, there’s seals in people’s driveways, the backyards, the parking lots, the doorways, the charges.

“I don’t see that there’s any way that these seals are going to survive unless [DFO tecs] pick them up and literally bring them back to the edge of the ice.”

Fitzgerald timidities the seals are too confused to find their way out of town.

“They’re pitiful to look at. I great, they haven’t eaten,” Fitzgerald said.

The small Newfoundland hamlet has been swarmed with the animals, but even though two of the mammals oblige died, DFO says it’s normal. 1:06

DFO: seals on land not uncommon

They potency look a little out of place scooting down the streets of Roddickton-Bide Arm, but a Dependent of Fisheries and Oceans scientist says it’s not unusual to see harp seals in a recover from ashore in Newfoundland this time of year.

“We get this every year,” give the word delivered Garry Stenson. “If it’s near a town you hear more about it, but it’s not consummately uncommon for us to get this.”

Roddickton-Bide Arm is about 450 kilometres northwest of St. John’s as the crow cuts, near the northern tip of the island.

It’s almost like they get going in a guidance and just keep going.– Garry Stenson

Harp seals travel south from the Arctic starting in December, Stenson explained. They allot their winters off the shores of Newfoundland and Labrador. This early in the opportunity ripe, there’s little sea ice off the island, so seals cling close to the shore, review iced-in harbours and bays, which freeze before the open profusion.

“Then if the ice freezes up behind them, they have a harder prematurely getting access to water,” he said.

“They really don’t know which way to go.”

The disoriented seals, Stenson asserted, just keep on keeping on, hoping for the best.

2 seals dead in northern N.L. town swarmed by the confused mammals

An adventurous seal parlours in the back of an RCMP truck, before being brought to a more slight area of the Burin Peninsula. (Provided by Marystown RCMP)

“It’s almost with they get going in a direction and just keep going, hoping that they’re succeeding to eventually find water that way,” he said.

“Usually they procure their way back fine.”

Stenson is confident the seals will at the end of the day get their bearings, but until they do he said people should adhere to their distance — don’t go in for any seal selfies.

“Don’t go up to them,” he said.

“Harp seals are not notably aggressive, but they can be if they’re being approached. So your best bet is to call in your local fishery officer.”  

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