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If one has to see an example of just how terrified some animals are of human beings, then they only have to look at these shots from St. Mary’s Island in the U.K., where the island’s seals are seen flinging themselves off from the cliffs in order to avoid human beings.
St. Mary’s Island has always been a ground for seals to rest and breed.
But increasing human presence in the area is threatening the way of life for these sea creatures.
In the recently recorded footage provided below, seals are seen rushing and jumping off a cliff. This sight has captured people’s attention, highlighting the problems the creatures are facing, a very disturbing sight indeed.
St. Mary’s Seal Watch (SMSW), an animal welfare group that shot the video, says that more than 1,500 such incidents have occurred in a matter of just 70 days.
Many seals suffer grave injuries as a result of the fall.
“Pregnant females carry their pup in their bellies and rushing over rocks means bouncing on their pups, which can lead to medical complications that can be fatal for both mother and pup,” SMSW told The Dodo.
The seals are often disturbed by people who approach them to take selfies, even though they are told not to approach the animals. The lighthouse nearby also affects the seals. And, unfortunately, it seems as though the creatures will have to face even more disturbances in the near future.
There has been a proposal to expand the facilities of the lighthouse. And this has put SMSW on alert. The proposal includes the construction of viewing platforms and other facilities, which the group says will bring in more people to the site, but will lead to more disturbance for the very animals they come to view.
And even though those who push for the proposal declare that the creatures will learn to adjust to the increased human presence, SMSW does not see it as a possibility.
“Monitoring has shown that the majority of the seals that use the island are juveniles using it in their first year. They do not have the time to become accustomed.
“Returning seals show no sign of becoming accustomed to the already existing audible and visual disturbance,” SMSW opines, reports Chronicle Live.
The group also warns that the seals may even decide to leave the site forever to avoid human presence.