Dozens of seals have become stranded in a Canadian town, blocking traffic and the entrances to homes and businesses.
Two of the animals in Roddickton-Bide Arm, Newfoundland, died after being struck by a car. There are concerns others will starve to death.
It is against Canadian law to interfere with marine mammals such as seals.
The creatures became stranded after nearby waters suddenly froze over last week, preventing their return to the ocean.
Experts say the speed at which the bay froze over may have disorientated the animals and caused them to move inland instead of towards open waters.
Images posted on social media show the seals stranded on roads and large banks of snow.
“It actually feels like we’re being inundated,” the town’s Mayor Sheila Fitzgerald told CBC News.
“There’s seals on the road, there’s seals in people’s driveways, the backyards, the parking lots, the doorways, the businesses.”
There are growing concerns that the animals will starve to death unless they are taken to the ocean by wildlife officials.
“They’re pitiful to look at. They haven’t eaten,” Mayor Fitzgerald said.
“They are 4 or 5 miles from the ocean and they are probably starving,” another witness wrote on Twitter.
The town’s council have asked for help from the Canadian government, and the hope is that officials from the Department of Fisheries and Oceans (DFO) will now intervene and rescue them.
Roddickton-Bide Arm sits on a major seal migration route and people there are accustomed to seeing the creatures.
On Tuesday, the police said they had safely returned a seal to the ocean but warned against approaching them.
“[They] may appear to be friendly in nature, [but] it is very dangerous to approach or attempt to capture animals without proper equipment,” a Facebook post read.
Courtesy of BBC News
As the storm system that hit Israel at the beginning of the week enters its final stage, the cold temperatures plummeted Wednesday to this winter’s record low. Nearly a meter of snow has accumulated on Mt. Hermon and the water levels in the Sea of Galilee have risen by at least 19.5 cm over the past 48 hours, according to meteorological services.
The waterline in Sea of Galilee currently stands at -214 below sea level and 1.10 meters (3.6 feet) below the lower red line (the intermediate warning signal indicating a crisis).
The water level keeps rising due to the strong currents of the rivers flowing into the northern freshwater lake. In some areas of the Jordan River, the streams reached the speed of up to 100 cubic meters per second, a five-year high.
Although precipitation over Israel is mostly concentrated over the northern parts of the country, intermittent rainfall is expected in central and southern Israel all throughout Wednesday, raising fears over possible floods in eastern and southern rivers.
The southwest winds in the Mediterranean Sea will reach speeds of up to 50 kph (31 mph), while the height of the waves could reach of up to 5 meters (16 feet).
Meanwhile, management at the Mt. Hermon ski site said it has been years since they recorded uninterrupted snowfall that continued for three days straight, with some 90cm hitting the mountain’s lower parts so far. Although the site is currently closed—due to foggy and misty conditions—its ski trail is expected to open its doors to skiers for the first time this winter over the coming weekend.
The Israel Electric Corporation said the stormy weather caused the electricity consumption to hit 12,592mw, slightly less than an all-time record back in January 2016, when the consumption numbers stood at 12,624mw.
The storm is expected to taper off by by the end of the week with partly cloudy skies and temperatures returning to average by Friday. On Thursday the weather is expected to be dry and mild, with a slight rise in temperatures.
Courtesy of ynetnews.com
Distances: 367 km S of Bishkek, Kyrgyzstan / pop: 900,000 / local time: 10:32:06.7 2019-01-12