Guilty or Not ?

Seals swim by our house sometimes after the ice floes come down from the Arctic.

There are over 7.6 million harp seals off the coast of Newfoundland this year, and their numbers are increasing rapidly .They give birth to their pups on the ice, and leave them there after only a few days of care. Then they head back out to sea to mate again.

Fishermen dislike seals, since they claim that seals are eating up all the fish, and small crabs too.

The fishing industry is threatened, livelihoods are at risk, and some small communities are in danger of being shut down.

However, frequent government studies maintain that seals are not responsible for the decline in fish. They blame the lack of marine life on pollution, overfishing, and climate change.

The debate rages on.

We remain neutral in the discussion, since we are newcomers to the island. We enjoy watching the adult seals as their glistening bodies glide through the water.

What is clear, however, from numerous research studies, is that saltwater fish are slowly becoming extinct.

A recent comprehensive study released by Dalhousie University reported that the oceans may be empty of fish by 2048, only 27 years away.

What should people think about this?

Collectively, I’m sure that we feel a sense of remorse for the damage that humanity has done to God’s creation.

However, we should not blame the seals for the disappearance of fish.

The blame for the slow death of the oceans rests on humanity.

Seals only do what seals do – they eat fish.

Photo of harp seal pup by Karen Su.

40 thoughts on “Guilty or Not ?

  1. Very true. They are only doing what they were created to do while humanity has done, well, an awful lot that has damaged this world we were given. On a side note, how interesting it must be to be able to watch seals so near your home!

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    1. Hi !
      Yes, the seals are just doing what they were created to do. It is fascinating to see seals. We are gradually seeing more of them as they swim further distances in search of food.
      Thanks for your comment. πŸ€—

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  2. Exactly. God created balance. Including within the food chain in the creation. It is mankind who throws things out of balance. What a cutie the seal is 😍

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  3. So sad. Remember when you could read a “study results” and believe it? Now with such polarization (pun intended πŸ˜‰) of opinions, we don’t know if the fault lies with “human-caused climate change” or simply Father preparing to send Jesus back.
    I agree it is important to recognize “this is our Father’s world,” and we are only its caretakers. And we must be careful with the responsibilities given to us as tenants, for that “master of the vineyard” will return and cast the worthless servants out. (see Matthew 20, 21, and 25)
    Yet, such scary threats as the end of fish in the ocean sounds too much like the P-Bomb of the late 60s when the horror-mongers said the world would not survive if we reached four billion . . . now three billion+ ago. If you like realistic sci-fi, try out State of Fear by Michael Crichton. Interesting spin on environmental scare tactics.

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    1. Hi ! Thanks so much for this insightful comment.
      As a researcher myself, I absolutely agree with you about how easily study ‘results’ can be misrepresented.
      Whoever is doing any study always has an agenda for doing it.
      Here, on this island, the old timers tell us how severe and snowy the winters used to be here, while many winters now are quite mild. Something is changing, but only God knows with certainty why this is occurring. πŸ€—βš˜

      I agree with you that Father is getting ready to send Jesus back, although of course no one knows when.

      Thanks for the recommendation for the book by Michael Crichton.

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      1. Global warming is not news, and it is easy to see on the short scale of our lives that it is occurring. I can recall much worse winters when I was a child, and rains usually came through for several days at a time, not the “popcorn storms” we now have.
        However, one human lifetime does not a “climate disaster” make; i.e. it’s too short a span to evaluate if we are actually in a dramatic climate change or a cyclical one. it has only been in the last century that consistent recording BEGAN, and anecdotally, one can “prove” anything.

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      2. Absolutely, I agree, that anecdotally, one can prove anything. Climate change can indeed be something that is cyclical, since, as you say, it has only been in the last century that consistent recording again.
        May we always be cautious, as you point out, in accepting the results of any studies.

        Thanks again for your helpful comments. πŸ€—

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  4. The issues are so complicated and I do agree that a lot of the responsibility for declining fish stocks rest with human beings and specifically the over fishing by factory freezer ships that come to Canada, and especially the Grand Banks from all over the world. I remember in the late 1970s when Pierre Trudeau sold out fishing rights to certain European nations. The politicians have done little to protect the fisheries. Iceland has strident laws regarding their fishing industry and have been successful. Canada’s so-called laws in comparison are nothing but toothless tigers.

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    1. Thanks, Carol, I really appreciate your knowledge and input in this area.
      Living here now, I have a much different view of fishing than I did in Ontario, since we see fishing boats heading out to sea in front of our house.
      I like your description of Canada’s fishing laws. ⚘🌼

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      1. It was heartbreaking to be there when the cod moritorium was first enacted. I really felt for the small fishers. I totally agree with preserving the fish stocks (and all wildlife as well) but let’s start with enacting laws that actually benefit the province AND the environment.

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      2. Hi Carol – Yes, I totally agree with you. We need carefully enacted and enforced laws that will both protect the province, and the environment as well. ⚘

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      1. You are right, and as Australia has such a vast coast line we as a people are taught to be very aware of the health and care of nature and the creatures that call it home. But it does not mean that man’s imprint is less noticeable but hoping that more efforts towards conservation and restoration are underway.

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  5. Thank you Sally for what is a thought provoking and balanced article. There are so many issues in all this. The animals, seals, fish are in real danger. It was good to hear that the seals in your part of the world are increasing. Then there is the livelihood of fishermen and their families. They are also doing only what they do. And, the destruction of our environment is a massive issue. So where do we pitch our stance? I suppose from my point of view I think we have to learn to be ‘stewards’ again. We don’t have rights but we do have responsibilities. We are stewards in God’s employment. and it’s this stewardship which needs to be rediscover. Most of all, of course, we have to work together on this one. If Covid teaches us anything it’s that we are all interdependent on each other and, I beleve, on God. Sorry didn’t mean to go on but your excellent article provokes and deserves a serious response. And, yes, the seal is cute too!!

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    1. Thanks so much for your insights. That is a great philosophy, for sure, the idea of everyone working in harmony to be good stewards of God’s creation.

      How pleased God would be if we all realized our interdependence on each other, and most importantly, our need of God’s grace and mercy.

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  6. This makes me so sad I get tears. Man is destroying God’s creation on EVERY level from seas, air, plants, animals and human development of every stage. I don’t know how our Triune God puts up with us. I am so thankful I am not God. In my 39 years on this earth I would have shut humanity down (myself included) numerous times. God is patient but He will not be mocked. I agree with the commenter about stewardship. We have gone from being stewards to owners and possessors. So wrong. Thank you for bringing attention to this Sally. I am so thankful that God will Judge when He sees fit. Your picture of the seal is beautiful. Love and blessings pretty lady!

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    1. Thanks Mandy for your comments. I agree with you that God is incredibly patient with humanity; He is such a loving Father.

      Today is officially Earth Day, so I thought I would publish this post.
      May God give humanity the grace to consider every day as ‘Earth Day’.
      May He, as you say, inspire us to be good stewards of the earth.
      Blessings to you and Nathan as well. ⚘

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