Sea Lion Shot On Popular Beach
Warning: Distressing images.
An Australian sea lion has died after being shot with a firearm in Western Australia.
The animal was found on Cheynes Beach, east of Albany, on Sunday by a passer-by.
Parks and Wildlife Service Western Australia are currently investigating the incident and have taken to social media to ask the public for assistance.
“We need your help,” the service wrote.
“Tests have confirmed that an Australian sea lion found at Cheynes Beach near Albany over the weekend died as a result of wounds inflicted with a firearm.”
“Australian sea lions are listed as a threatened species and significant penalties apply for injuring or killing them.
“Anyone with information about the incident is encouraged to contact the department on 9842 4500.”
Speaking to 10 daily the service said it is not currently a police or RSPCA investigation, but were not able to comment further at this stage.