Wildlife Protection & Monitoring

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Seals

Seal Rocks is home to a healthy population of an estimated 30,000 seals. Seals often "haul out" to lie on beaches or other areas to rest or moult, moving between land and sea of their own accord. This is normal behaviour, and is especially prevalent over the summer months as the seal pups have been weaned and are fending for themselves.

What to do if you see a seal on the beach:
• Leave it alone and maintain a distance of least 30 metres to allow the seal to rest
• Keep dogs restrained and at least 50 metres away from the seal to avoid frightening or injuring it
• Do not feed the seal as it may become habituated to humans and unable to fend for itself in the wild
• Do not attempt to move the seal back into the water or throw water over it – they can self-regulate their body temperature

Sometimes they can also look injured when they are actually not. For example, seals secrete a watery substance from their eyes which is often mistaken for crying or an injury, but it is a natural mechanism to protect their eyes.Seals are also regularly bitten or scratched by other seals. Such wounds heal quickly and don't need human help.

Up to 6,700 pups are born each breeding season and it is natural that not all of these pups will survive after weaning. Because the population is healthy, rehabilitation of compromised individuals is not needed to protect the species. 

Feeding or attempted rehabilitation encourages seals to become dependent on humans, and they can become a nuisance or even dangerous.

The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) and Parks Victoria are responsible for the welfare of Victorian wildlife, including hauled-out seals. Report any injured seals, or seals entangled in rubbish to DELWP on 136 186 or Phillip Island Nature Parks on 5951 2800.

Recent Activity Updates   

 

Location

Date

Time

Comments

Ventnor-Salt water creek

02/02/18

9.30am
  • Juvenile Seal sighted by rangers resting up above the high tide line on the sand
  • Seal was mobile and responsive
  • No signs of entanglement or injury
  • Small patch of fur ontop of its head shaved by researchers previoulsy as part of a seal census conducted at Seal rocks
  • 2 x seal signs placed nearby to notify beach users to leave it alone to rest

Newhaven-under P.I Bridge

04/01/18

2pm
  • Juvenile seal sighted by rangers resting in sun on rocks under the bridge.
  • No obvious signs of injury or entanglement
  • 2 x seal update signs placed nearby to help advise people to leave it alone to rest.

Cleeland Bight- end of Seaspray Ave

27/10/17

12pm
  • Juvenile seal sighted by ranger swimming in shallows and resting on sand
  • No sign of injury or entanglement
  • 2 x signs placed on beach either side of seal

Sunderland Bay

6/10/17

2pm
  • Juvenile seal sighted at Sunderland Bay
  • Injury to right flipper
  • Unresponsive
  • 2 x signs placed nearby

Erohwon Point , Cowes

2/10/17

12pm
  • Juvenile seal sighted resting under rocks
  • No sign of injury or entanglement
  • 1 x sign placed nearby

Erehwon Point,

Cowes

 

28/9/17

12pm
  • Juvenile seal checked out by ranger, sighted resting up high on rocks
  • No sign of entanglement or injury
  • 2 x seal signs placed nearby

Cowes beach

27/9/17

3.30pm
  • Juvenile fur seal sighted on rocks west of area sighted earlier today

Cowes beach

27/9/17

2pm
  • Seal no longer in area
  • Signs removed

Cowes beach

27/9/17

10am
  • Juvenile fur seal hauled out and resting on rocks
  • No sign of entanglement or injury
  • Signs placed nearby

Cowes Foreshore Beach

20/8/17

 10am
  • Seal not sighted
  • Signs removed

Cowes Foreshore Beach

19/8/17

  9am
  • Juvenile Australian Fur Seal hauled out and resting on the beach
  • No sign of injury or entanglement
  • 2 x seal update signs placed nearby.

Cowes boat ramp

19/8/17

  9am
  • Seal not sighted.
  • Signs removed.

 

Cowes boat ramp

18/8/17

3pm
  • Juvenile Seal sighted and monitored by rangers
  • No visible signs of entanglment
  • 2 x seal update signs placed nearby.

Cowes beach

15/08/17

12pm
  • Seal hauled out on beach
  • Information signs in place within area
  • Deceased seal nearby

 

Red Rocks Beach

 

05/07/17

1.30pm
  • Seal pup not sighted, signs removed

Red Rocks Beach

04/07/17

11am

  • Juvenile seal sighted and monitored by Nature Parks rangers
  • Seal information signs in place

Cowes beach,

Erehwon Point

03/07/17

11am

& 3pm

  • Juvenile seal monitored again by Nature Parks rangers
  • Seal sighted resting ashore and also swimming nearby
  • Information signs in place within area

Cowes beach, Erehwon Point

02/07/17

11am

  • Juvenile seal resting on beach, monitored by Nature Park's rangers
  • No signs of entanglement or injury
  • Signs in place
  • Seal had moved on by the afternoon when checked on by rangers

Summerlands beach

30/6/17

10.00

  • Nature Parks’ staff monitored leopard seal hauled out and reported to DELWP.
  • Malnourished and alert female
  • Signs in place

 

Location

Date

Time

Comments

Cowes beach, end of Bella Vista Road

08/05/2017

11.30am

  • Juvenile seal observed & monitored by Nature Parks staff
  • No entaglements or obvious signs of injury
  • 3 x Seal Update signs in place to notify people to leave it alone to rest

Newhaven Bridge Under-pass

24/04/2017

4pm

  • Seal was not resting under bridge this afternoon, no-where to be seen in the area, after being checked by Nature Parks rangers.
  • Signs still in place
  • Will keep monitorig incase seal returns to area.

Newhaven Bridge Under-pass

19/04/17

2pm

  • Seal was checked on today by Nature Parks ranger
  • Assessed condition and will continue to monitor
  • Seal Update signs in place to alert public to leave seal to rest

Newhaven Bridge Under-pass

17/04/17

12pm

  • Seal monitored by Nature Parks staff today and over the long weekend
  • Has been resting ashore in the same area
  • Signs in place

Newhaven Bridge Under-pass

12/04/17

2pm

  • Seal monitored by Nature Parks staff again today
  • Found resting ashore in the same place as yesterday
  • Alert and feisty
  • Signs still in place & staff to monitor

Newhaven Bridge Under-pass

11/04/2017

12.30pm

  • Nature Parks rangers observed seal resting ashore
  • Appears to be the same seal sighted in the area in recent months
  • Wound on lower back appears to be healing OK
  • 2 x 'Seal update' signs placed nearby seal

 Ventnor Beach

21/2/2017

1pm

  • Nature Parks rangers attended entangled seal.
  • Entanglement blue balloon ribbon
  • Entanglement removed and seal released
  • Patch of fur clipped from top of head for identification


Entangled Seal cropped 

 

     

Mussel Rocks, Cowes

21/02/2017

12pm

  • Nature Parks rangers observed seal swimming freely from Erehwon Point around to Mussel rocks where it settled.
  • No visible signs of injury
  • 3 x ‘Seal Update’ signs in place

Cowes

19/2/17

4pm

  • Nature Parks rangers monitored seal and observed it resting.
  • No visible signs of injury
  • Signs in place

Red Rocks

7/2/17

10.30am

  • Nature Parks rangers monitored seal and observed moving freely and in good overall condition.
  • No visible signs of injury
  • Signs in place

Red Rocks

6/2/17

11am

  • Nature Parks rangers monitored seal and observed it resting.
  • No visible signs of injury
  • Signs in place