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Outdoor enthusiasts received the astonishing visit of a seal on Tuesday at the Bo-Bi-No marina in Laval, overlooking the Mille Îles river.
The marine mammal approached the docks and put on a show by stirring in the water and rising to the surface many times. He finally adopted a floating dock to relax in front of all the curious.
Although it is an Arctic species, it is not uncommon for bearded seals to be seen in the waters of the St. Lawrence.
“We have reports of individuals of this species in the St. Lawrence each year. It is the first time, however, that we have reported this far, the bearded seals stopping more often around Trois-Rivières, ”explains Marie-Ève Mueller, editor-in-chief of Whales live.
On Wednesday, posters were posted at the Bo-Bi-No marina to remind the rules to be observed in the presence of seals, such as not to approach them within 50 meters.
“If a seal comes out of the water, it needs to rest. We therefore want to give him the necessary space so that he can rest and leave when he is ready, ”added Ms. Mueller, who is part of the Research and Education Group on Marine Mammals (GREMM).
The latter reminds that it is illegal to try to feed him and since the seal can transmit diseases, it is essential not to let his pets approach it.
If you see the seal again, we invite you to call the marine mammal emergency line at 1 877 722-5346.