FAIRVIEW, P.E.I. —
For the 2d time in every week, police in Prince Edward Island were called to the scene of a wandering seal, and animal consultants command it’d also no longer be the remaining.
RCMP Sgt. Craig Eveleigh talked about officers picked up a seal Tuesday who’d managed to nefarious a highway and chase deep correct into a farmer’s field shut to Fairview, about 20 kilometres south of Charlottetown.
“We adopted the path for approximately three kilometres,” Eveleigh talked about Thursday. “It factual slithered all the way in which thru like a snake, up thru the sphere.”
Officers authorized a snowmobile to trace the animal as a drone saved look for from overhead, Eveleigh talked about. When they realized the seal, it was zipped correct into a hockey score and an unswerving from the federal Fisheries Division took it lend a hand out to the water.
On Sunday, Charlottetown Police had returned a seal to the water after it was realized roaming thru a residential neighbourhood. Eveleigh talked about each animals were young grey seals, no greater than six weeks historical.
“It is miles a miniature uncommon,” he talked about when asked about the frequency of seal rescues. He talked about there would possibly well presumably also be extra seals wandering the Island because there is miniature ice this three hundred and sixty five days on the Northumberland Strait, which separates Prince Edward Island from the mainland within the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence.
Danielle Pinder of the Marine Animal Response Society agreed that an absence of ice explains the behaviour. Seals exhaust quite a lot of time on the ice, she talked about: or no longer it is the place they rest, moult and hang their pups. Without any ice this three hundred and sixty five days, they’re doing it on land, “which methodology we’re encountering them extra on our beaches around the Maritimes,” she talked about.
Pinder talked about her organization is fielding a ways extra calls about stray seals than it in overall does right this moment of three hundred and sixty five days, and the calls are coming from all the way in which thru the sphere. She talked about though they’d well presumably also be adorable, folks must quiet support their distance and alert her organization if there is relate of affairs for a seal’s smartly-being.
In an interview Tuesday, Fisheries Division marine mammal scientist Mike Hammill talked about this three hundred and sixty five days “would possibly well presumably also be amongst the poorest years on chronicle” for sea ice within the Gulf of St. Lawrence. He talked about or no longer it’s been a further and extra extra frequent difficulty over the remaining decade and that or no longer it’s seemingly connected to climate exchange.
“It appears to be section of a longer-term trend,” he talked about.
This chronicle by The Canadian Press was first printed Feb. 25, 2021.