Elephant seal moulting at Gonzales Beach. (Keri Coles/Oak Bay News)

Gonzales neighbourhood on lookout after second seal stops briefly at beach

A group of volunteers in Gonzales neighbourhood watches over the beach after a second young elephant seal spent the morning there today.

A moulting juvenile elephant seal claimed the beach for its moulting process last month

RELATED: Elephant seal claims Gonzales Beach for its annual moulting

The second was on the beach this morning (May) but swam away around 1:30 p.m. The Gonzales Group of volunteers that looked after the first seal, plans to watch the shores for 24 hours in case it returns.

Earlier this month, officials were forced to warn the public that anyone caught harassing a marine mammal could face fines or criminal charges.

Fisheries and Oceans Canada warned the public to stay clear of the seal and be respectful. Signs of distress include being up on her front flippers, gaping the mouth and vocalizing. An elephant seal may look slow and harmless, but it is capable of moving very quickly and could be dangerous if it feels threatened.

Elephant seal moulting on Gonzales Beach in April


 

cvanreeuwyk@oakbaynews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

Langford Fire Rescue partners with Wounded Warriors to focus on mental health

B.C. organization addresses mental health of veterans, first responders and their families

Amalgamation advocate predicts citizens assembly in place by late spring

Shellie Gudgson promises Amalgamation Yes won’t participate in assembly

‘It’s just hair:’ Central Saanich woman chops her locks for Wigs for Kids

Wigs for Kids BC will receive two 12-inch braids from Brentwood Bay resident Liza Glynn

VicPD honours seven citizens for their courage and dedication

Civic Service Awards presented at ceremony in Hall of Honour

New orca calf in Salish Sea ‘healthy and active’

Birth cause for celebration but things still dire genetically, expert says

POLL: Should people have to license their cats?

The Victoria Natural History Society has sent letters to 13 municipalities in… Continue reading

Second fatal crash occurs in Alberni Valley

Traffic on Highway 4 is being re-routed as investigators are en route

Indigenous energy summit includes session on pipeline ownership options

Steven Saddleback of the Indian Resource Council says a session will feature presentations on financing models

Japanese grand champion Kisenosato retires from sumo

The 32-year-old Kisenosato was the first Japanese-born wrestler in 19 years to gain promotion to sumo’s highest rank

UPDATE: Accused B.C. high school killer found fit to stand trial

Gabriel Klein is accused in the 2016 stabbing death of Letisha Reimer at Abbotsford Senior Secondary

Right-wing, neo-Nazi, white supremacist groups an increasing concern: Goodale

Ten people died in April 2018 when Alek Minassian allegedly drove a rental van down the busy stretch in Toronto

Canadian stock exchanges to conduct lottery for ‘POT’ ticker amid high demand

The symbol became available after fertilizer Potash Corp. officially merged with Agrium Inc. in early 2018

VIDEO: Mattress fire at Cowichan Hospital under investigation

The Cowichan District Hospital was locked down on Tuesday afternoon due to… Continue reading

Most Read