Seal loses direction, ends up in Lakelands

Rose Willigar
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PARRSBORO - A large seal ended up a little off route Sunday, turning up in Lakelands about 12 kilometres outside of Parrsboro on Highway 2.

Seal loses direction, ends up in Lakelands

PARRSBORO - A large seal ended up a little off route Sunday, turning up in Lakelands about 12 kilometres outside of Parrsboro on Highway 2.

"Const. Corkum was on duty and gave me a call shortly before 11 a.m. saying, 'You're never going to believe what I'm dealing with' at which point I grabbed my camera and my daughter and I headed to Lakelands," Cpl. Dal Hutchinson said.

Parrsboro RCMP and Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) received a call around 8:30 a.m. reporting the seal along side of the highway.

"Normally when dealing with an assailant we use verbal intervention then physical intervention if necessary, under the circumstances we figured verbal intervention was fine," Hutchinson joked.

The corporal was uncertain exactly how the 350 to 400 pound seal made its way through the waterways to Lakelands, near Hanna's Farm, but the large mammal wasn't too friendly.

"DFO had said they have never dealt with a seal of this size this far inland," Hutchinson said.

"Between Mike Hanna who had come along in a tractor and Wanda Devenish, Const. Corkum, a DFO officer and myself we managed to wrap the mammal into a tarp and load it into the bucket of Hanna's tractor and start the precession towards Parrsboro to release the seal into the harbour," Hutchinson said.

The seal was released shortly after lunch into the harbour by the pier in Parrsboro and Hutchinson said the mammal appeared to be healthy while he, his wife and daughter watched it swimming.

Devenish, who resides with tractor operator and appointed seal excavator Hannah, said after years of working on fishing boats in the Pugwash area, she thought she was used to seal sights.

Waking up to one across from her Lakelands home was a personal first.

"It was interesting to say the least," Devenish said. "I've never seen a seal on the road here."

Given the seal's girth and wild ways, Hanna was called on to use his tractor and carry the aquatic mammal back to the Bay of Fundy after volunteers had wrapped it in a blanker to calm the snapping and barking beast down.

"He had a pretty good ride from Lakelands back to the Bay," Devanish said.



Organizations: DFO, Parrsboro RCMP and Department of Fisheries and Oceans, Wanda Devenish, Const.

Geographic location: Lakelands, PARRSBORO, Pugwash Bay of Fundy

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