Of course it is special, the expert Barth emphasizes the presence of the seal near Meppel. ,, But seals occasionally swim in the Amsterdam canals or in Den Helder. It’s possible. They live in both salt and fresh water. And what I heard and saw is going well with this seal. ”
“Really unique. Dozens of people came here. The news of the day”
Larissa Lok, who works as a volunteer at the local animal ambulance, heard about it on Saturday and decided to travel straight to the Hoogeveense Vaart. ,, It is only fifteen minutes from my house. But I definitely wanted to see the seal. It’s not the first time he’s here. A while ago he was already at another lock in the Hoogeveense Vaart. ”
This was her chance to see the seal with her own eyes. ,, Really so unique to suddenly see such an animal swimming near us. Dozens of people turned up. Yes, it was the news of the day. ”
Video footage showed how the animal had caught a carp.
“Animal had a good time”
Lok also looked with special interest from her background as a volunteer. “Colleagues have called Ecomare. They never came. This was not necessary, because the animal looked alert. I have also seen that with my own eyes. He was having a good time, I had the idea. ”
No, the seal will not attach itself to Meppel and become a permanent attraction, Marion Barth explains. “If there is a lot of fish, a seal can do well there. But if the food runs out, the animal will also find its way back. Seals are not necessarily solid. But if it gets too busy there with boats, people and barking dogs, it will start to feel unsafe and will automatically look for a new place. ”