More Than 50 Dead Fur Seals Wash Up On Australian Coastline

New Zealand Fur Seal
53 New Zealand fur seals, (51 less than 2 months old) were found dead on South Australia’s west coast.

Necropsies were performed on 3 of the pups at Adelaide University, but results were inconclusive, as the bodies were badly decomposed. Theories included infection or foul play.

The seals were found on a beach not too far from two large New Zealand fur seal rookeries, but there is no indication why the pups found their way there and why they died. It is highly unusual to have so many fur seals die in one place.

Fur seals are a protected species.

Sources:
More Than 50 Dead Fur Seals Wash Up On Australian Coastline
NZ fur seal deaths in Australia still unexplained
Scientists baffled by seal deaths on remote SA beach
Budget cuts blamed for delay in finding seals

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