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The seal which was seen resting among the rocks in the sea off Bambalapitiya has gone missing since December 18, the Wildlife Conservation Department said.

The department's spokesperson Hasini Sarachchandra said yesterday there were no signs of the seal which was last seen on December 18.

"The seal must have returned to its home grounds," she said.

Ms. Sarachchandra said the seal had completed moulting when it was last seen and said it was first spotted in the sea off Mirissa on November 21 later in the sea off Bambalapitiya.

She said these creatures moult once a year, usually after the breeding season and during this period the seals cannot enter the water because they lack the insulation to keep them warm and approach land to have their skin exposed to sunlight. 

Wildlife veterinary officers, wildlife western regional officers, coast conservation department officers and navy personnel were deployed to protect the seal during its stay off Bambalapitiya. (Chaturanga Samarawickrama)

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  • Poster Saturday, 04 January 2020 01:03 PM

    Hope it is safe and well! Didn't someone get its sea-mail address?

    Karu Saturday, 04 January 2020 01:07 PM

    Bon Voyage

    Labby Saturday, 04 January 2020 03:41 PM

    So the creature had gone missing despite all that protection ?

    Stunned Citizen Saturday, 04 January 2020 05:20 PM

    Hope the seal swam away before ending up on someone’s exotic menu.


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