3 seal storm victims return to the ocean
The first group of seals have completed their rehabilitation at Dolphin Marine Magic (DMM) following the recent “Seal Storm” event and were released at South Solitary Island this morning. Skip, rescued from the Coffs Marina, Bluie, rescued from the Angourie blue pool and Allegra, rescued from Nambucca, are some of the nine seals recused and cared for by DMM following a huge low pressure system in early June which caused dozens of Long Nose Fur Seals to strand along the NSW coast. The seals were released by a combined team from DMM, the Marine Parks Authority, the RSCPA and the rescue organisation ORRCA who have been responsible for monitoring many of recently stranded seals. DMM veterinarian, Dr Duan March said “It’s not unusual to see young Long Nosed Fur Seals around here during the cooler months however the number of animals this year is unprecedented. Monitoring these animals and deciding when to intervene has really been a collaborative effort by DMM, ORRCA, the RSPCA and the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service. It’s because of this co-operation that we have had such success in our rehabilitation efforts this year. All the animals have come in clinically exhausted and unfortunately some of the seals were simply too weak when they arrived, despite our best efforts to save them. These three animals were the strongest and ready for release today however the remaining animals are doing well and they should be ready for release too within the next couple of weeks.” March concluded, “Even though these seals look small, they have the potential to become aggressive and may give a nasty bite. Members of public should always remain at least 30m away from a seal on the land and should keep children and pets under control anywhere where there are seals present.” The monitoring and rescue and rehabilitation of these seals is just part of the ongoing rescue and conservation work that DMM carries out, spending on average over $100, 000 annually on conservation matters across the Coffs Coast. Anyone concerned about a seal on the beach or any other marine mammal should contact DMM on (02) 6659 1900 or the NSW National Parks and Wildlife Service or ORRCA.
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