Question: What to do if a seal approaches you?

Always let seals make the first move โ€“ let them approach you. Sit back, wait quietly and observe. Aim to stay calm and move slowly to avoid spooking the seals and provoking an aggressive response. Be confident that seals are generally gentle creatures unless they feel threatened.

Is it dangerous to swim near seals?

Seals are like toddlers, they will put anything in their mouth. She added that seals carried diseases which were highly infectious to humans so even a small bite could cause serious harm. You should never swim over to where they are because thats when you get issues, she said.

What do you do when you see a seal?

A healthy seal should be left alone. Do not approach a seal, or allow children or dogs near it. Seals are wild animals and although they look cute, they will defend themselves aggressively if necessary. After stormy weather and / or high tides, seals will haul out on beaches to rest and regain their strength.

Are you allowed to touch seals?

Seals are protected by the Marine Mammal Protection Act. It is against the law to touch, feed or otherwise harass seals. Harassment occurs whenever your behavior changes their behavior. The rule is to keep at least 50 yards, four car lengths, away โ€” to give them their space.

Is seal dangerous?

Seals are wild animals that can be aggressive and bite, causing major wounds and possible infection to humans.

Is it safe to pet seals?

Like our cherished Assateague ponies, seals are large wild animals and can be extremely dangerous. They will bite โ€“ and serious infections can be transmitted to you or your pet. Seals are mammals, as are we. They are susceptible to and can pass on nasty viruses such as herpes.

What happens if you pet a seal?

The pups are adorable, are friendly and will approach humans, but touching a baby seal hurts the chances of it reuniting with its mother, Chandler said. He emphasized that people should feel free to take pictures from a distance, but to give the animal space and leave it alone.

Why do seals slap their bellies?

According to scientists, seals slap their bellies to warn other seals. Some seals are aggressive and kill other seals just like any other species. They have their hierarchy and their tribal system. They do what they have to do to survive and slapping bellies is a way to get a message across.

Can a seal survive out of water?

Seals are completely adapted to life under water. Nevertheless, you can spot them regularly on the surface. They like to lie in the sun while resting on a sandbar or beach.

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