Seal trapped in Gold Coast lake famous for bull sharks as Sea World urgent rescue mission is launched
- Seal was seen by locals in a lake
- The animal now stranded in the water.
Rescue teams from a popular Australian theme park strive to rescue a seal trapped in shark-infested waters.
Sea World staff are trying to save the two-year-old seal after locals spotted the animal in Lake Orr in Varsity Lakes, a suburb of Queensland’s Gold Coast.
Rescuers at the popular Sea World theme park on the Gold Coast are trying to save a young seal stranded in Lake Orr, where bull sharks lurk.
It is unclear how and when the young animal reached the man-made lake, but there are concerns for its safety as efforts to help the stranded creature have intensified.
A Sea World spokesperson told the Gold Coast Newsletter it is unusual to see seals lose their way in the water.
“It is in very good condition and swims naturally, but it should not be in this geographic area so we would like to intervene to get it back south where it belongs,” the spokesperson said.
We had never seen one so far up the river.
Rescuers will have a fight on their hands to save the seal, as they will have to work in difficult conditions on the lake.
“We are monitoring it and working on a plan with the Queensland Parks and Wildlife Service,” the spokesperson said.
Gold Coast city councilor Herman Vorster told the Courier Mail that he is worried about the young seal as the lake is “full of bull sharks”.
“I hope the little son of a bitch is okay,” Vorster said.
It’s unclear when the two-year-old seal became trapped, but rescuers say the animal is no worse off from wear and tear and are closely monitoring its movements after locals spotted it in the water.
Despite the situation, rescuers said the animal is in “good condition” as they monitor its movements.
The seal is believed to have made its way up the channel via the seaway.
The unusual act caught rescue teams by surprise, given how rare it is for seals to make their way upstream along waterways to the lakes.
The younger seals are often seen on the beaches of the Gold Coast during the winter.
As they begin to wean from their mother, the seals often venture further afield.