March 24, 2009 |
Canada's annual seal hunt started Monday, under pressure from a possible European Union ban on imported seal products. The world's largest marine mammal hunt was called "inherently inhumane" this month by a European Parliament committee that endorsed the bill to ban the import of seal products to the 27-member union. Animal rights groups say the hunt is cruel and difficult to monitor and ravages the seal population.
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February 4, 2008 |
This time each year, hundreds of croaking, roaring, shrieking elephant seals gather to breed and give birth on the rocky shoreline below Hearst Castle. The boisterous annual show draws hordes of tourists to a boardwalk 15 feet above, where they can watch the enormous pinnipeds tend the shiny black pups, squabble over beach space and battle for the right to mate. But this year, the traffic jams near the Piedras Blancas birthing grounds aren't being caused just by curious motorists.
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September 30, 2007 |
SAN DIEGO -- Oblivious to the 15-year legal and political fight their presence has caused, harbor seals loll in the water off the Children's Pool in La Jolla. They come ashore to sun themselves, bark their distinctive barks and, during pupping season, give birth to adorable little bundles on the beach. But they also poop, on the sand and in the water, extensively.
April 19, 2007 |
Canadian Coast Guard icebreakers smashed through a massive expanse of frozen ocean northeast of Newfoundland where about 100 seal hunting vessels were trapped. The hulls of about 15 vessels were in danger of being pierced, said Fisheries and Oceans Department spokesman Phil Jenkins. The guard picked up one crew that abandoned ship. The hunt has drawn widespread criticism.
April 5, 2007 |
Thousands fewer seals were killed in the first phase of Canada's controversial hunt compared with previous years, indicating that melting ice has depleted much of the herd in the southern Gulf of St. Lawrence, Fisheries Department spokesman Phil Jenkins said. About 860 seals were killed, he said. Unusually warm weather has led to the drowning of thousands of baby seals, Jenkins said. They cannot swim during the first few weeks of life.
March 9, 2007 |
The spring fishing season is at hand and saltwater anglers are savoring thoughts of all the barracuda, yellowtail and white sea bass they're going to catch. Unfortunately, so are California sea lions. It's no longer a question of whether the pesky pinnipeds will show beneath their boats. It's how many there will be. "It's just absolutely disgusting," said Norris Tapp, spokesman for Davey's Locker in Newport Beach.