What to do if you spot a seal pup on its own

Dustin De Gagne, field supervisor for the Department of Fisheries and Oceans Whale Protection Unit, advised people not to approach, feed, touch or move seal pups and to stay a safe distance away and keep pets and children away from them. (They are born with a full set of teeth.)

Anoyone who disturbs or takes possession of a marine mammal such as a harbor seal pup without authorization could be fined up to $100,000 for a first offence and would have to make a court appearance, said De Gagne.

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The DFO said any incidents of seal or marine mammal disturbance should be reported to the DFO Marine Mammal Reporting Line at 1-800-465-4336 or by email at dfo.orr-ons.mpo@dfo-mpo.gc.ca.

If there is concern that the seal pup is sick, inured or may actually be abandoned, call the Vancouver Aquarium Ocean Wise Marine Mammal Rescue Program at 604-258-SEAL (7325).

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