Police Appeal For Information Over Shot Seal

sealsSergeant Colin Taylor says that a male Atlantic grey seal has washed up at the high tide mark on Pelistry Beach.

A post mortem by vet Dr Heike Dorn has revealed that the animal was shot through the lower abdomen. The bullet passed right through the creature but Heike doesn’t think that it died outright.

Heike has revealed that it appears a rifle was used as opposed to a shotgun. It is suspected it was shot sometime last week.

Colin says that shooting seals is prohibited by the Conservation of Seals Act 1970. He has recorded this as a crime and he is investigating it.

Colin tells Radio Scilly: “I am aware that in certain circumstances fishermen have a lawful excuse for killing seals as provided by the Act.

“If the person who shot the seal could contact me I would appreciate it. They have nothing to fear if they acted within the law. If anyone knows who shot this seal please call us. I am open to the possibility it was not a person from Scilly where local fishermen have observed a voluntary ban on killing seals for many years.”

6 Responses to Police Appeal For Information Over Shot Seal

  1. Sgt Colin Taylor November 10, 2015 at 12:24 pm

    I have been down to the bay under Halangy and had a look at the dead seal that Todd has seen. I could not see any indication that it had died as the result of any human activity.

    • Todd Stevens November 11, 2015 at 12:19 pm

      I was only joking Col, I didnt expect you to go and investigate it- so no doing me for wasting police time just because there was no smoking gun at Halangy! (Pardon the pun)

  2. Todd Stevens November 8, 2015 at 11:56 am

    Theres another big male laying dead in the stoney bay under the ancient Halangy village. Serial killer? : )

    • Samuel Seal esq. November 9, 2015 at 8:14 pm

      Sadly it was my second cousin Percy; his wives all left him for a younger sleeker type with a delightful French accent and a twinkle in his eye.
      It was all too much for poor Percy who shot himself.

      • Pete November 9, 2015 at 9:18 pm

        He was also a very sick, and inhuman who did this act.

    • Anthony Blackburn November 10, 2015 at 9:24 am

      I didn’t think his music was that bad actually.