OCEAN VISITOR: Bundaberg Sailing Club memebers Dermot McNamus and Harry Steenhuison spotted this seal, believed to be a New Zealand Fur Seal at Burnett Heads on October 17
OCEAN VISITOR: Bundaberg Sailing Club memebers Dermot McNamus and Harry Steenhuison spotted this seal, believed to be a New Zealand Fur Seal at Burnett Heads on October 17 Harry Steenhuison

Seals are far from home in Queensland waters

ABOUT a month ago we heard reports that someone had spotted what they thought was a seal out along the coast.

We had a bit of laugh and joked that it was probably a log floating in the water.

Well, it seems as though we have been corrected and should be eating humble pie.

There has been a seal sighting in the Bundaberg region with photographic evidence.

And they aren't blurry shots of something dark bobbing around the in water.

There is no doubt that this seal - more than likely a New Zealand fur seal - has wandered north and enjoyed a frolic in the water at Burnett Heads.

While not entirely unusual - seals are known to come as far north as Hervey Bay quite frequently - it is still a rare sighting, and one that we're lucky to share in.

And although they are cute to look at, we need to remember they are still a wild animal, so it pays not to get too close or attempt to touch them, no matter how doe-eyed they look at you.


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