Seal spotters urged to keep their distance from big visitor

A massive elephant seal known as Henry has been spotted waddling along streets and disrupting traffic at a seaside Victorian town.

The seal sighting on Friday at Point Lonsdale on the Bellarine Peninsula attracted a large crowd of onlookers along the foreshore.

The state’s conservation regulator worked with Parks Victoria and police to get the elephant seal back to the beach at Point Lonsdale. They believe the marine mammal may now be at Blairgowrie, on the Mornington Peninsula.

Another injured fur seal has also been spotted at a separate Blairgowrie beach.

The regulator is asking beachgoers and onlookers to maintain a 50-metre distance to ensure their safety.

“We know it’s exciting to see such large and unique animals on our beaches, but a photo or video opportunity is not worth risking yours or a seal’s safety,” chief conservation regulator Kate Gavens said.

People are urged not to engage in any kind of dangerous behaviour towards the marine mammal and to remain cautious of it.


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