Woman Bitten By Huge Fur Seal While Taking Dog For A Walk
A woman was attacked by a seal while out on a walk with her dog this weekend.
The woman -- reportedly 68 years old -- was walking her dog near a boat ramp at Port Fairy, in south-west Victoria, when she came upon a seal.
Port Fairy paramedics said the bite went "through the bone", and that the woman was taken to Warrnambool Base Hospital in a stable condition.
Video captured by Will Symons shows an Ambulance officer running away from the agitated seal.
The Department of Environment, Land, Water and Planning (DELWP) had warned people previously of the aggressive seal at Port Fairy by putting up signs, urging them to not to approach or feed seals.
"It is illegal for people to feed seals along our coastline, and fines can be issued to people if they are found to be doing this," DELWP Barwon South West senior forest and wildlife officer Ian Westhorpe told The Standard.
In 2017, a Fur seal located near Port Fairy was put down after chasing visitors in the vicinity of the boat ramp area and vigorously demanding food.
Anyone found feeding food to a seal can be subject to a fine of up to $3,171.
Feature Image: Will Symons