This month, you may be lucky enough to spot a seal at one of our beautiful Bellarine beaches.
During November, seals often appear on the shore as they are last year’s pups, now learning to fend for themselves. Sadly less than 30% of these pups make it through this transition to adulthood, which is why it is critical that we allow seals to rest undisturbed on our beaches.
There are some easy things we can do to make sure seals don’t feel threatened or stressed. If they do feel threatened, seals may head back into the water, despite being exhausted or unwell.
If you see a seal on the beach, by law you are required to give it a wide berth – 30 meters for people and 50 meters for dogs. The most important thing to remember is do not walk between the water and the seal. This will significantly stress the animal as you have come between it and where it feels safest.
If you notice a seal coughing or having difficulty breathing, or you notice any injuries, report it to AGL Marine Response Unit on 0447 158 676. If possible take photos (from a distance) as this is a great way for vets to judge how well the seal is.
Help protect these beautiful, intelligent creatures.