Aggressive seal prompts warning
A LARGE seal climbing onto cleaning tables on the boat ramp, near the Portland Yacht Club, has sparked a warning from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning.
The fishing community is being asked to consider alternative arrangements for cleaning fish at the boat ramp due to an aggressive Australian fur seal.
DELWP spokeswoman Roberta Campbell said the organisation is investigating options to manage the seal.
“The seal has become increasingly aggressive in seeking out discarded fish scraps from anglers,” Ms Campbell said.
“Signage has been installed warning visitors of the seal and urging the public to keep their distance.
“While seals may appear to be large, sluggish animals, they can be unpredictable in their movement and cover short distances quickly.
“Anglers should consider cleaning their catch at other tables nearby (the new boat ramp tables near Nuns’ Beach).”
Under the Wildlife (Marine Mammals) Regulations, the public must stay five metres away from a seal on a boat ramp or pier.