Posted by: The ocean update | December 1, 2015

Fur seal found with a HARPOON sticking out of its back after he was stabbed twice (Australia)

Attack: The fur seal's attacker left it to die with the weapon stuck firm between its shoulder blades

Attack: The fur seal’s attacker left it to die with the weapon stuck firm between its shoulder blades

December 1st, 2015 (Belinda Cleary).

  • An Australian fur seal was found with stab wounds in Port Phillip Bay
  • The harpoon used in the attack was sticking out of the wound
  • Authorities were able to rescue the animal and remove the weapon  

A barbaric attack on an Australian fur seal left him fighting for life, after a meter-long harpoon that was used to stab him twice got lodged in between his shoulder blades. 

The seal was found at a channel marker in Port Phillip Bay, near Melbourne, on Saturday, Victorian wildlife officers say he was lucky to be alive.

Sarah Frith from the AGL Marine Response Unit veterinarian, was disturbed by the attack which left a meter-long harpoon sticking out from one of the animal’s wounds.

‘We are very fortunate that the seal was spotted when it was, and that staff from the Dolphin Research Institute were able to monitor the situation until we arrived,’ she said.

The seal was taken to Melbourne Zoo for treatment following its rescue.

‘We were able to successfully remove the harpoon head from the animal and provide it with pain relief and antibiotics to help it recover overnight,’ Ms Frith said.

The harpoon, which was cut to assist with removal has and arrow-shaped head which made it difficult to remove.

‘We released the seal on Sunday morning at Blairgowrie boat ramp and we are pleased to report that it was spotted swimming around Chinaman’s Hat earlier today.’

The seal was taken to the beach in a plastic pet-carrier, he nervously poked his head out to check out his surroundings before returning to the water.

Samantha Moore from the Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) Wildlife Officer Samantha Moore says the attack will be investigated.

‘The weapon has been handled as evidence and will be analysed. The Department and the general public do not tolerate deliberate harm or cruelty towards wildlife.’

The maximum penalty for injuring or killing a seal is six months jail and a $7,350 fine.

Evidence : The harpoon will be tested by forensics to help track down its owner

Evidence : The harpoon will be tested by forensics to help track down its owner

Recovery : The seal was released on Sunday following the removal of the harpoon

Illegal : Killing or injuring a seal can land an offender with six months jail time

Illegal : Killing or injuring a seal can land an offender with six months jail time

Sightings : There have been reports of the seal swimming around Chinaman's Hat on Tuesday

Sightings : There have been reports of the seal swimming around Chinaman’s Hat on Tuesday

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