Record number of seals washing up on Gold Coast

A record number of seals have washed up on Gold Coast shores this season, with the Sea World Rescue team attending to 13 strandings on the Gold Coast and surrounds since early June.

Recent bad weather is to blame for the influx of seals, many of which need to be taken in for treatment at Sea World’s vet centre as they are malnourished and suffering abrasions.

Currently seven juvenile New Zealand Fur Seals are receiving around the clock care at the centre.


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Sea World Director of Marine Sciences, Trevor Long said the welfare and wellbeing of the seals is the team’s highest priority. “We are remaining cautiously optimistic on the rehabilitation efforts of the seven seals here at Sea World which range in age from six months to two-and-half years old and have varying health issues,” he said.

“The seals remain on an antibiotics, fluids and a nutritional program to increase their weight as all of them have come to Sea World severely underweight.

“Some of the seals have settled well into our Veterinary Quarantine Centre and are eating fish and squid which is an encouraging sign, however a few remain in a very poor condition and may not survive given the injuries they have sustained from their strandings.

“These younger seals have just been weaned from their mothers and their inexperience coupled with extreme weather conditions is what we believe has resulted in them being found this far north.

“We are hopeful of returning the seals back to the ocean once they have been rehabilitated and will work with the relevant government agencies on their future.”

For more information about the Sea World Research & Rescue Foundation please visit seaworld.com.au/research-and-rescue or call 13 33 86