Seal found dead in Bình Thuận Province

Update: January, 04/2017 - 16:40
A seal is found dead on Sunday on the beach in the central province of Bình Thuận.
Viet Nam News

BÌNH THUẬN – A seal that often played with locals in the central province of Bình Thuận is believed to have been cruelly killed by humans.

Nguyễn Lộc Quân, a resident of Tuy Phong District, told the Dân Trí online newspaper on Tuesday that the animal was found dead on the beach in Phan Rí Cửa Town.

Quân said on Sunday he went to the beach and played with the friendly seal as usual. But at 9pm on the same day, he heard the seal had been beaten to death. The animal was hit on its head and lot of blood flowed from its mouth.

Quân and his relatives carried the seal for burial.

Locals said some fishermen may have killed the seal because they believed the animal had damaged their fishing nets and eaten their fish.

The 50kg seal was first spotted in early December. It often came ashore at around noon to play with the locals, residents said.

Five months ago, two seals were also reportedly spotted in the region. One of them was caught and sold, the newspaper reported.

Seal are found along central coastal provinces of Huế, Đà Nẵng and Quảng Ngãi.

Most of the seals are small and likely to lose their way, drifting towards the tropical waters in central Việt Nam.

Ever since the seals made an appearance, local authorities are encouraging and asking locals to not harm the seals. – VNS


A local buries the dead seal in the central province of Bình Thuận. – Photos: