Dead seals at Conrad's Beach over in Lawrencetown are currently making the news - it's got the anti-sealing enthusiasts going crazy, and making people who never go to the beach go over to Conrad's beach go there so that they can have a look around and take in the morbid view.
People are saying that they haven't seen anything like it in 60 year's - which is interesting. I wrote a post here in October 2004 called "Who's shooting the seals off Sambro Head" and then in February 2005 I wrote a post "another dead seal at Conrad's today"- because it seemed like everytime I went to Conrad's - there were always at least a couple dead seals there - and when I went there on this particular day - there were 3 on that day - and there appeared to be bullet holes in these carcasses.
I wasn't able to make it over to Conrad's this Easter weekend, and I really wanted to - because it's one of my favourite beaches in all of metro for walking the dogs - hopefully I'll get over there before I leave for Washington at the end of the month - because I'd really like to see if you can make out whether or not there's any bullet holes in these bodies - and the dogs could use a good rub on a dead seal - they haven't had one of those in a long time. They'd LOVE that - and what dog wouldn't?
But anyway - for people who go to Conrad's beach regularly - dead seals are a regular vision there - maybe 30 seals is a lot - I've seen as many as 5 or 6 there at a time - I guess maybe the fishermen are particularly pissed off currently, or they found a whole bunch at once and had a lot of ammunition.
Grey seals are different than harp seals - which are the ones that are bludgeoned in the famous "seal hunt" that HSUS and PETA make all their money off of every year about this time - HSUS and PETA don't make any money off of grey seals, so they aren't too concerned about these guys. The Grey Seal Conservation Society has a website at http://www.greyseal.net/
If you're interested in reading my other posts about seals, you can click on my category - "seals"
Some doubt seals killed by sea ice
By The Canadian Press
Mon. Apr 13
Some people living near Conrad Beach are raising questions about the deaths of about two dozen seals that washed ashore last week.
Allan MacLean, a spokesman for the federal Fisheries Department, has said the harp seals were likely crushed by shifting chunks of sea ice.
But Lynda Conrad said Sunday she doubted that assessment, saying she had never seen a similar incident in the 60 years she’s lived near the beach.
"There’s no way that they can say that these seals have been caught on ice packs because they don’t all lose their heads," she told CTV.
Video images show several seals with what appear to be head injuries. One seal appears to have lost its entire head, though that damage could have been caused by scavenging gulls.
Earlier, MacLean said the injuries suggested the animals were crushed by ice.
"Most often, the trauma from ice kills is in the head area," he told The Chronicle Herald. "It is not unusual. It happens really frequently in Cape Breton."
The carcasses started washing ashore last Thursday.
Another local resident, Luke Acker, said he wants to know if someone killed the seals.
"I think that a lot of people who enjoy the ocean are going to wonder what is going on," he told CTV.
"We want to see a firm response from the government and some serious action taken. And if this (was caused by) human hands, we want to see someone prosecuted."
Experts at the Bedford Institute of Oceanography are expected to examine some of the carcasses later this week.