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.