Some seals stranded in Newfoundland town have been removed, officials say

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The seals are said to have been stranded in the tiny Newfoundland town after they came ashore during high tide.

Because it is illegal to interfere with marine mammals under Canadian law it has led to some awkward face offs with the unyielding seals.

"They're pitiful to look at".

"They've been saying let nature take its course, but it's been nearly a week", Fitzgerald said.

"I don't see that there's any way that these seals are going to survive unless [DFO officers] pick them up and literally bring them back to the edge of the ice".

Now that the seals are there, the town and the DFO have to decide what to do about them, and whether or not they should be - or can be - moved.

The disoriented seals, Stenson said, just keep on keeping on, hoping for the best.

Officers liaised with federal Fisheries officials to safely return the animal to "more isolated area on the peninsula, away from any community area".

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The town's Mayor Sheila Fitzgerald said there was a growing sense the seals were everywhere. Two seals have also died after being hit by vehicles.

The town's roads are sanded now, to deal with ice and snow at this time of year, and the seals' light pelts blend in, she said - especially at dusk and dawn.

"They're so cute", she said, noting that the story had "stolen the hearts of so many people".

"There's not enough food in that little water supply", she added.

"From the point of view of the animals actually starving, it's not super-urgent", he said. Wonder where's DFO. Those seals been there for a few weeks.

- By Holly McKenzie-Sutter in St. John's, N.L. Some of the seals have been removed according to DFO, and they say they will continue to do so where possible, while ensuring the safety of residents, the officers and the animals. Moving a larger number of animals is a little trickier.

"We get this every year", said Garry Stenson. "And the difficulty with some areas, of course, is if they're not stuck on land, then it's much more hard".

Stenson is confident the seals will eventually get their bearings, but until they do he said people should keep their distance - don't go in for any seal selfies. So enjoy the unusual site of a group of them this nearby, Stenson said, but do it from a distance.

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