An injured seal caught the attention of walkers at Nobbys breakwall during lunchtime.
Scratches and open wounds were visible on the seal’s side as it sunned itself on a boulder at the end of the breakwater walkway on Thursday, September 27.
John MacKenzie, Greens councillor at the City of Newcastle Council, said the creature had been on the rocks for at least three hours.
He first spied the seal while walking that morning.
“It seemed to me to be significantly injured,” he said.
“On the left side of its back there was four to six inch long scratches and scrapes of skin missing, quite a big area of flesh had been ripped off.”
Cr MacKenzie said he had notified police and marine rescue services in case the seal was stranded.
“We want results. As far as I understand, if it’s left it’s just shark bait.”
Cr MacKenzie said he frequently saw seals from the walkway, but had not previously seen an injured one.
“I walk up there most days. If you keep a look out for them, you can see them most days,” he said.
Ken Jury, who stopped his bicycle ride to watch the creature, said it was rare to see the mammals out of the water at Nobbys Head.
The Organisation for the Rescue and Research of Cetaceans in Australia (ORRCA) has been notified of the whereabouts of the seal.
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