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French bulldog is spotted attacking a seal on a Sydney beach – as furious locals slam owner for letting the dog off its leash

Daily Mail
Daily Mail
 2020-11-04

A French bulldog has been pictured harassing a seal on a Sydney beach and chasing it into the water as its owner stood back and watched.

Photos were posted online showing the dog launch itself at the seal at Long Reef Aquatic Reserve, on Sydney's Northern Beaches.

Dogs must be on a leash at all times at this particular stretch of coastline which is zoned as a protected area by the New South Wales government.

A disgusted local snapped photos and shared them online on Tuesday to try and track down the 'irresponsible' owner.

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A french bulldog was spotted attacking a seal and chasing it into the water as its owner stood back and watched

'The dog circled the poor seal that was resting on the beach. Then the dog nipped the seal. The seal bellowed and the dog kept at it,' the bystander told Pittwater Online News.

They said the owner stayed back as the dog drove the seal into the water.

'We thought the seal would be bitten. We also thought the dog would be killed,' they said.

They said the owner had no control over the dog and did not attempt to approach the seal or the dog until they were in the water.

'However once in the deeper water the dog continued chasing. As the dog was in deep water the owner eventually waded in to retrieve it,' they said.

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Photos were posted online showing the dog launch itself at the creature at Long Reef Aquatic Reserve, on Sydney's Northern Beaches
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A disgusted locals snapped photos and shared them online to try and track down the 'irresponsible' owner

He 'then dragged his dog away.'

Furious locals have slammed the owner's 'disgusting and arrogant behaviour' after the pictures emerged online.

'OMG that owner should be jailed,' one woman said.

'I am incensed at the stupidity of the man,' another added.

'Disgraceful,' a third said.

In addition to Long Beach Recreation Reserve prohibiting dogs, protections are in place under NSW law for the protection of all seals.

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The seal has made Long Reef Reserve its home for the time being

The New Zealand Fur-seal is considered a 'vulnerable' species under the NSW Environment Department's Threatened Species Conservation Act.

Under the Biodiversity Conservation Regulation 2017 an individual approaching a seal within the prescribed distance can be fined $3,300.

Fur seal populations are gradually recovering from hunting that began in the 1800's for their oil, meat and skins.

More than 200,000 animals were hunted before they became protected in 1974 under the National Parks and Wildlife Act.

A spokesperson for the Northern Beaches council told Daily Mail Australia they are investigating the incident.

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Photos on social media show the animal lounging around on the sand at the protected reserve

'We are aware of it, we do have photos of the dog and its owner,' the spokesperson said.

'The beach is a marine reserve and is signposted.

'If we find the owner of the dog we will take further action.'

The council said staff regularly patrol the beach to make sure onlookers don't get too close to the animals.

Last month a seal was sighted a little further south at another beach, and it is believed it could be the same animal.

A spokesperson for Pittwater Online News told Daily Mail Australia the council needs to take action and punish the individual responsible.

'Unfortunately people are not getting fined when found doing the wrong thing so there is little deterrent,' they said.

A spokesperson for the Department of Planning, Industry and Environment has warned people from approaching the animal.

'Seals can move very quickly on land and have sharp teeth and may bite if frightened or provoked.' the spokesperson said.

'Beachgoers shouldn’t approach the seal for any reason, even for a photo opportunity, and should supervise children and restrain pets.'

FUR SEAL PROTECTIONS

The New Zealand Fur-seal is considered a 'vulnerable' species under the NSW Environment Department's Threatened Species Conservation Act.

The law states you must maintain a distance of 10 metres from seals at any time in the water and 40 metres on land.

Under the Biodiversity Conservation Regulation 2017 an individual approaching a seal within the prescribed distance can be fined $3,300

Fur seal populations are gradually recovering from hunting that began in the 1800's for their oil, meat and skins.

More than 200,000 animals were hunted before they became protected in 1974 under the National Parks and Wildlife Act.

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