Local seal warning

THE appearance of an adult sub-Antarctic fur seal near Granny’s Grave has triggered a warning from the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI) for people to keep their distance.

The fur seal “is currently resting on the main beach at Warrnambool in the vicinity of Granny’s Grave”, DEPI stated in a press release sent to media outlets late yesterday. 

“We’re asking beach-goers to be on the lookout for the animal as it may move to other sections of the main beach or nearby beaches.

“Although people might be curious, seals are potentially dangerous and may carry diseases that can picked up by humans and pets. 

“They are also protected by law. Under the Wildlife Act 1975, it is an offence to approach within 50m of a seal,” the statement said.

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