WHAT’S BEING CLAIMED:
- The headless bodies of six fur seal pups were found in New Zealand near Christchurch.
- Anthony Thompson, local manager of New Zealand’s Department of Conservation, stated that fur seals are under the protection of the Marine Mammals Act, hence the killing of the seals is considered a crime.
- Officials believe that the fur seal pups may have been killed under the impression that these seals were eating large numbers of fish that could have been sold for human consumption instead.
Authorities are appealing for more information regarding the death of six baby seals found in New Zealand. The headless bodies of the 11-month-old fur seal pups were found floating among the waves at the popular bay called Scenery Nook near Christchurch.
The local manager of New Zealand’s Department of Conservation, Andy Thompson, said that fur seals are protected under the Marine Mammals Act. Hence, harassing, disturbing, or harming them is considered a crime.
He described the crime committed against the defenseless seal pups as “disturbing, brutal, and violent.” The discovery was reported to the police.
Officials say that it is probable that the seals were killed somewhere else before being dropped into the bay from a boat. They also believe that the pups may have been killed because of the belief that the seals were consuming large amounts of fish that could have otherwise been caught and sold for the consumption of people.
Thompson said that this is not the case because research shows that 90% of fur seals of Banks Peninsula have a diet that is composed of mostly lantern fish. These lantern fish aren’t on the list of those fish sought after in fishing.
Three of the baby seals were buried while the other three will be undergoing autopsies at Massey University to determine the exact cause of death.
Source: Fox News