‘Observe seal from a distance’ | Sunday Observer

‘Observe seal from a distance’

People are advised to observe the seals in Sri Lankan territorial waters from a distance of 20 meters.

This was subsequent to a seal spotted in the waters in down south only a fortnight ago, and was spotted again in the seas off Bambalapitya on Friday. The Wildlife Conservation Department, issuing a press communique said, the seals need resting, as they are undergoing skin changes.

The National Aquatic Resources Research and Development Agency (NARA), said the seal is used to living in cold habitats.

The NARA said the animal could have got caught to a current with the onset of the North-East monsoon and dragged into the Sri Lankan shores. The seal belonging to the Family- Phocidae had been observed swimming in the seas off Unawatuna, Mihiripanna, Mirissa, Weligama and Ahangama only weeks ago.