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The speed at which the bay froze may have disoriented the creatures and made them move in the opposite direction of the waters. Seals were trapped at Roddickton-Bide Arm on the island of Newfoundland. Two of them have been killed and the rest are likely to die of starvation if they are not returned in time to the ocean.
Dozens of seals were trapped ashore in the Canadian town of Roddickton-Bide Arm on the island of Newfoundland, blocking car traffic and entrances to homes and businesses. Two of the seals have been killed by a car and the rest may starve if they are not returned to the ocean in time.
The creatures were trapped ashore after the nearby waters had frozen last week, which prevented them from returning to the ocean. According to experts, the speed at which the bay froze may have disoriented the seals and made them move in the opposite direction of the waters.
Shared images on social networks show seals stuck on roads and snow-covered places. The photograph of a Twitter user, whose image we have reproduced above, is accompanied by the caption: “They are four or five miles from the ocean and probably are hungry.”
The city authorities asked for help from the Canadian Government, so the Department of Fisheries and Oceans should step in and help save the seals. On Tuesday, police returned one to the ocean but warned people not to approach the creatures.
Roddickton-Bide Arm is on an important sealing migration route.