Seal at Point Moore beach not injured, just resting

Edward ScownGeraldton Guardian
An adolescent seal rests on the beach at Point Moore
Camera IconAn adolescent seal rests on the beach at Point Moore

Concerned beach-goers Thursday morning reported a seal was injured on the beach at Point Moore.

Not to worry, it was just taking a rest.

Parks and Wildlife Senior Operations Officer Michael Raykos was keeping tabs on the seal, and says it’s normal behaviour.

“We do see them each year… generally in the cooler months.” He said.

The Southern Antarctic Fur Seal can grow up to two meters long. With this one measuring about one metre, Mr Raykos says it’s just on the cusp of adulthood.

Signs have been posted in the area, warning of the presence of wildlife. People are asked to stay at least 10 metres away, and keep pets on a leash. It may look cute, but “They are still a wild animal,” Mr Raykos said.

If you see a seal that is injured, not just taking a nap, call the Wildcare Helpline on (08) 9474 9055

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