A small town Canada has been invaded by dozens of seals that have moved inland and are now stranded, blocking roads in the community.
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Roddickton-Bide Arm, a town of 999 inhabitants, was invaded by 12 to 50 seals, Cape. Mark Walsh of the Royal Canadian Mounted Police Roddickton told ABC News.
Seals at the mouth of the stream in Roddickton. I wonder where DFO is. These seals have been there for a few weeks. They are 4 or 5 miles from the ocean and they are probably hungry. pic.twitter.com/A9RuA6Njln
– Brendon FitzPatrick (@ BrendonFitzPat3) January 4, 2019
Garry Stenson, Senior Scientist for the Marine Mammals Section of the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, told ABC News that these seals are normally found at sea.
However, it is the harp seal feeding season and he thinks they've been in a bay surrounding Roddickton for food when the ice has frozen behind them, leaving them trapped.
As mammals are not used to swimming under solid ice, Stenson explained that seals have probably moved inland and are now trailing around the city.
"It's not common for animals to go to berries and then catch up with the frost, although this has happened before," Stenson said. "What makes it particularly different is that it happens in a city."
Canadian law states that it is illegal for the public to interfere with marine mammals. Fishery officers have begun catching and releasing seals in open waters, according to a statement from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
Although Stenson does not believe that seals will face serious health problems because of their failure in the city, two seals have already been found dead. Walsh said the seals were allegedly hit by a car.