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Seals

NEW INFORMATION IS EMERGING EACH YEAR HOW TO HELP SEALS PUPS BEING FOUND ON THE BEACH?

 

RECENTLY (2009) NIWRC VOLUNTEERS ATTENDED A WORKSHOP HELD BY FISHERIES AND OCEANS CANADA, PACIFIC REGION.

THEY INDICATED TO US THAT SEAL PUPS SHOULD BE LEFT ALONE UNLESS INTERVENTION IS NECESSARY. PLEASE CALL THEIR OBSERVE, REPORT AND RECORD LINE AT 1-800-465-4336 if you need help!!

What should you do?

DO NOT:

  • DO NOT touch, move, distrub or harass the seal
  • DO NOT try to feed the seal
  • DO NOT pour water on the seal as they are often on shore to dry off.
  • DO NOT force the seal into the water.

DO:

  • DO stay a safe distance away from the seal.
  • DO keep pets and children away to avoid harmful interaction
  • DO observe the condition, size, and location of the seal.
  • DO call the Fisheries and Oceans Canada hotline if you see a seal being harassed or harmed
  • DO call a seal rehabilitation centre if you beleive the seal is sick, injured or abandoned.

FOR MORE INFORMATION ON WHAT YOU CAN DO PLEASE CONTACT THE FOLLOWING REHABILITATION CENTRES.

If you come across an injured seal, the first thing to do is call for help.

In BC you can call the:

 Vancouver Aquarium
at 604-258-SEAL(7325)

Fisheries & Oceans Canada Hot line: 1-800-465-4336

Natural Care Centre on Salt Spring Island - 250-537-0777

 

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