Monday, January 24, 2011
Recently we came across a baby seal alone on the beach. I had no sense that the animal was in distress so was completely fine with leaving it alone. However, I can see though how some(kayakers or hikers) might attempt to assist.
Our recent sighting is a good reminder for us as that when we kayakers or beach-walkers see baby seals "all alone" on the rocks, the young seals are usually fine. The mother seals are usually just out of sight nearby.
I haven't seen a NL version but there is a good pamphlet from Wild ARC in case you see an animal in distress:http://www.wildarc.com/emergency
Here in NL call DFO’s Report hotline is 1-888-895-3003. Call to report any sightings of marine mammals in distress. I think you can also use this number to report marine turtle sightings.