Petition: Help Protect Viral Seal from Humans

Petition: Help Protect Viral Seal from Humans

Neil the Seal is a 1,300-pound southern elephant seal who has become a viral sensation in Tasmania. However, there is growing concern for his welfare.

Neil’s adventures, while amusing and endearing to many, underscore the potential risks when such a large wild animal becomes too accustomed to human interaction. We must ensure Neil’s safety is prioritized by authorities.

Sign this petition to urge the Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania to ensure Neil’s safety and well-being, promoting responsible coexistence between the community and this majestic marine mammal.

Neil’s activities, ranging from blocking a woman’s car to lounging in front of local businesses, have delighted observers but also raised important safety concerns.

Past incidents in other locations, such as the euthanizing of Freya the walrus in Norway due to concerns for human safety, illustrate the grim reality that can occur when wild animals and humans interact too closely.

It’s crucial that the public understands the natural behaviors of elephant seals, including their need to haul out for rest. Misinterpretations of these behaviors can lead to unfortunate consequences.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environment Tasmania must play a pivotal role in managing this interaction, ensuring that Neil can continue to thrive in his natural habitat without posing a risk to himself or the community.

Sign the petition to call on the Department to implement measures to protect Neil from potential harm, both from and to humans, while educating the public on maintaining a respectful distance.

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This article by Mathew Davis was first published by One Green Planet on 18 January 2024. Image Credit :David Osborn/Shutterstock.

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