Seals on the shore – Keep your distance!

Seals on the shore – Keep your distance!

Grey seal. Photo credit : M. Hammill, DFO

Do not approach seals on the shore.

While seals may look cute, they are wild animals and should be left alone. They may react aggressively if they are cornered or believe they are being threatened and can cause serious injuries requiring medical attention. If you encounter a seal, do not approach it and keep children and pets away.

If the seal is a risk to public safety by being near a house, school, business or the road, please contact the Department’s nearest Conservation and Protection Office. After hours and on weekends, please call 1-800-565-1633.

Please note it is illegal to disturb seals under the Marine Mammal Regulations and also illegal to harvest seals without a licence.