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Outrage as man is filmed throwing rock at distressed seal

21 Jun 2024 4 minute read
Footage of the unidentified man throwing a rock at a seal. Image: YouTube

Stephen Price

North Wales police have appealed to the public after a man was filmed throwing a rock at a “distressed” seal.

The video, uploaded to YouTube by wildlife filmmaker Jenni Louise Cox on Tuesday, shows a man approaching the lone seal on a cove near the Great Orme in Llandudno, Conwy.

“Common occurrence”

Jenni Louise Cox, said that this kind of treatment is a “common occurrence”.

In the six minute clip, Ms Cox can be heard talking while filming the video from an area above the cove, focusing on the lone seal.

The lone seal before the incident. Image: YouTube

Shortly after beginning filming, she notices two men approaching the seal from above, saying: “The seal is about to be scared off the beach.”

Upset

Almost three minutes in, one man can be seen getting closer to the seal before picking up a rock and throwing it towards the seal.

Clearly upset by the scene unfolding, Jenni begins shouting at the man, who is unable to hear because of the background noises and distance.

The man nears the seal, throwing a rock. Image: YouTube

She can be heard saying: “Even if I’m shouting, he can’t hear me down there because of the wind.

“I’ve got no signal to phone the wardens.

“People just can’t leave the seals alone – I don’t know what’s wrong with them.

“I hope it bites him. I hope it bloody bites him. Jesus, he’s throwing stuff at it. What kind of idiot is he?

“I don’t know what he’s going to do to it next, it needs to just go. I think thats’s their car up there, I can get their numberplate.”

She confronted the men afterwards and said: “They just denied everything and said ‘What seal’?

She told them: “I just filmed you harassing the seal and you’re going on YouTube.

“There’s no way he can get out of that. Definitely filmed him harassing that seal.”

“I’m so angry.

“It happens a lot more than people know.”

Footage of the unidentified man throwing a rock at a seal. Image: YouTube

Police hunt

In a post shared to North Wales Police Rural Crime Team’s Facebook page, a spokesperson said: “A recently uploaded YouTube video features footage of a male approaching a lone Grey Seal on a beach near the Great Orme in Llandudno.

“The animal is clearly distressed in the clip, during which the male is seen throwing a rock towards it.”

North Wales police have appealed to the public after a man was filmed throwing a rock at a “distressed” seal. Image: North Wales Police

They continued: “We believe the footage was uploaded to YouTube on Tuesday, 18 June. 

“To progress our enquiries into this incident, we would like to speak with the male pictured in the foreground of this image.

“If you know this person, or have any further information about this incident, please contact us via our live webchat or on 101.”

The seal trying to escape. Image: YouTube

Newcomers

The colony of grey seals first arrived at the Great Orme in 2017. Numbers have steadily risen since then, with a count in early January finding 178 seals and pups on the shingle at Pigeon’s Cove.

Jenni, who is the Orme’s unofficial seal guardian, has said that she would like to see an outright ban on access the beach to prevent seals abandoning the area.


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Rhufawn Jones
Rhufawn Jones
23 days ago

Probably one of the cheap scumbag delinquent tourists who flock every year to use and abuse Cymru fach. The bloke should be banned from ever setting foot here again.

Tracy Mason
Tracy Mason
18 days ago
Reply to  Rhufawn Jones

Oh my goodness. Are you saying Wales has no scum bags? And all scum bags are English?? Totally shocking and racist

David Read
David Read
16 days ago
Reply to  Tracy Mason

When did he say English, putting 2 and 2 together and making 5 or perhaps a guilty complex

Andrew
Andrew
23 days ago

Well done to the brave lady who confronted that s**m bag …

hdavies15
hdavies15
23 days ago

Situation requires a dose of Islamic justice …. a spot of public stoning perhaps. Repaid in kind.

Rhufawn Jones
Rhufawn Jones
23 days ago
Reply to  hdavies15

Or fed to the sea lions?

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