The injured seal that has hauled out at the Narooma town wharf continues to be a fixture on the footpath, attracting the attention of visitors and locals alike.
Eurobodalla Council has now erected a temporary fence around the fish cleaning table at town wharf in an attempt to keep a visiting seal at bay.
Fortunately there have been no other reports of seal or humans misbehaving at the Apex Park boat ramp in the past week, after an earlier incident where a seal bit a local boat skipper after it had allegedly been fed.
A council spokesperson said the town wharf fur seal had some minor injuries and has been sunning itself on the nearby footpath in recent weeks.
“To keep the seal and passers-by safe, Eurobodalla Council staff installed temporary construction fencing on Friday afternoon in collaboration with the National Parks and Wildlife Service,” the council spokesperson said.
The footpath remains open to pedestrians and the council spokesperson said the fence was temporary and would only stay in place until National Parks advises it can be taken down.
“Council is reminding residents to follow National Parks’ advice not to feed or touch the seals.”
Meanwhile a National Parks and Wildlife Service is urging the community to heed warnings about not feeding seals or approaching them.
“Seals are wild animals and can be unpredictable. They move fast on land and may bite,” a National Parks spokesperson said. “NPWS is continuing to work with other agencies to monitor the seals and implement management options.”
Local Narooma resident Gary Crapp meanwhile was on his early morning twilight walk on Saturday, January 10, when he noticed what initially I thought was a “drunk person” lying on the concrete footpath outside the now fenced-off seal exclusion area near the fish cleaning area. “Alas, it was none other than Sammi seal himself!”