Published: Fri, January 11, 2019
Worldwide | By Isabel Fisher

Dozens Of Stranded Seals Flounder In Canadian Town

Dozens Of Stranded Seals Flounder In Canadian Town

On Wednesday, the town called on the federal Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) to send more assistance.

A small town in Canada has been invaded by dozens of seals that traveled inland and are now stranded, blocking roads in the community.

"It actually feels like we're being inundated with seals, because there's seals on the road, there's seals in people's driveways, the backyards, the parking lots, the doorways, the businesses", she said.

The Fisheries Department issued a statement saying the situation in Roddickton is being monitored and reminding people that it is illegal to disturb a marine mammal.

Fitzgerald said the group of about 40 harp seals is becoming hungry, exhausted and are crying out, suggesting they may be too disoriented to find their way back to the ocean.

"Usually they find their way back fine".

"They're pitiful to look at".


The town's roughly 900 residents have been joined by at least 40 of the spotted gray seals - and they didn't come to see the moose. DFO has returned individual seals to open water in the past.

Images posted on social media by local Brendon Fitzpatrick show a number of the animals laying on the roads and on banks of snow, seemingly confused as to what to do.

"They're looking around now to try and determine exactly how many seals are there, both in that area as well as in surrounding areas, and whereabouts they are", he said. "It could potentially impact people's health and well-being", she said.

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

Roddickton-Bide Arm is on an important sealing migration route. Dozens of the animals are now stranded in the small Canadian town. "This is hard for the little seals, because nobody wants to see animals hurt - but it's also hard for the town".

In addition to her concerns about seals meeting an untimely end on the roadways, Fitzgerald is also anxious about whether or not they're getting enough food.

"We're seeing them more lethargic, they're not moving as fast", she told the Northern Pen newspaper.

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