Post by Peter Duncanson [BrE]
On Thu, 10 Jan 2019 07:31:30 -0800 (PST), "Peter T. Daniels"
Post by Peter T. Daniels
This morning the BBC had an extended interview with the mayor of Roddington,
NL, which is currently hosting some 40 harp seals who somehow got disconnected
from the edge of the ice where they normally hang out.
The place is "Roddickton-Bide Arm, Newfoundland".
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.
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.
Post by Peter T. Daniels
In some ways her accent was hyper-Canadian -- she clearly has Canadian raising
in e.g. "about" -- but she unrounds [O] (except in "all," where it seems to be
protected by the dark [l]), but it doesn't seem to be a cot/caught merger,
because it's also quite fronted. The interdentals seemed to be somewhat
stopped, but I couldn't tell whether they were dental (as in South Side Chicago,
the accent that gave us "Da Bearss" on SNL). There were a couple other features
but I was driving and couldn't take notes.
I didn't see the link for the interview, though.
Seals often do come ashore, just not in such great numbers and at a time
of year when food is limited. I'm glad the article warned about
approaching them - they aren't cute cuddly toys, they're wild animals
and I'm told they bite. "The Wildlife" (that branch of the provincial
government dealing with wild animals) is who should be notified when one
sees a wild animal in distress, although of course you can also call the
police. Sometimes animals like polar bears who wander out of their usual
range are trapped and relocated, but in this case, the numbers seem
extremely high for that approach to be used.
Sometimes members of the public approach bears, too, which is also not a
good idea. Maybe the same people who want a selfie with a bear think
seals are smaller and cuter so why not?
Also in the local news - someone dumped unwanted kittens in a snowbank.
Fortunately, they were rescued and taken to shelters.