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Seal speared at Torbay - urgent help needed

steve mcmillan

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Hi guys, a seal has been speared in the last few days at Brixham, in Devon. Can anyone shed any light on what kind of spear this is (also possible length and barb)? This is important, to aid with it's removal. It is a seal local to Brixham, so if anyone has any information, please could you get in touch.
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Kodama

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That is sad! Not good at all. These things shouldn't happen. I hope the animal can be helped.
Unless you can examine the spear closely and are knowledgeable about all the variations out there it is going to be difficult to identify the exact spear.
I wonder what the story behind this sad event is?


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steve mcmillan

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That is sad! Not good at all. These things shouldn't happen. I hope the animal can be helped.
Unless you can examine the spear closely and are knowledgeable about all the variations out there it is going to be difficult to identify the exact spear.
I wonder what the story behind this sad event is?


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steve mcmillan

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We don't know at the moment. The seal was swimming around and eating okay a couple of days ago, but has now disappeared. The position of the spear doesn't suggest a defensive shot - maybe mistaken identity. So far, no-one has come forward. We are more interested in spotting the seal, or identification/info about the spear. We have been told it's a single-flopper. If anyone sees the seal around the area, please contact us. Likewise if they have any information about this, which will be treated in confidence.
 

Pinniped72

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I would imagine its a situation of missed shot, spear travel beyond visibility. I can not imagine it was mistaken identity and heaven forbid it was deliberate, most spearos have a deep passion for the sea and to spear a seal is taboo, regardless of laws, the law obviously being that it is illegal to use speargun's on seals. Although I believe it was an accident, it still totally outrages me, firstly and most importantly because of the suffering of the seal and secondly, this is a totally avoidable accident, if you cant see for the total length of potential spear travel, don't take the damn shot!! :mad: Pound to a penny, if this is you, you know its you, do the right thing, fess up and get in touch with Steve, you cant undo the damage but you can help make it better(y)
 
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steve mcmillan

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My point exactly. I just don't want to believe it was done purposely. The spear is in rather an odd place. The water has been pretty calm lately too and clear.
 
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steve mcmillan

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I would imagine its a situation of missed shot, spear travel beyond visibility. I can not imagine it was mistaken identity and heaven forbid it was deliberate, most spearos have a deep passion for the sea and to spear a seal is taboo, regardless of laws, the law obviously being that it is illegal to use speargun's on seals. Although I believe it was an accident, it still totally outrages me, firstly and most importantly because of the suffering of the seal and secondly, this is a totally avoidable accident, if you cant see for the total length of potential spear travel, don't take the damn shot!! :mad: Pound to a penny, if this is you, you know its you, do the right thing, fess up and get in touch with Steve, you cant undo the damage but you can help make it better(y)
 
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steve mcmillan

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That would be the ideal solution, because whoever did it can identify what spear they were using, which will aid in removal. Like any other sport/pastime there will always be the 1%.
 

458mike

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It doesn`t looks like spear at all. I can`t imagine what sort of gun can use this spear . For me it`s looks like a sword!
I`m thinking the seal come from far away!
 

Andrew the fish

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I am guessing this was a crossbow bolt. Fletches must have fallen off from being in the water. One of those low-powered youth toys, with target tip, not a razor-sharp hunting broadhead. The whole situation suggest some kid or teenage decision-making, and shot from elevation from shore, due to location of an arrow.
 
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Brochman

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I agree with Andrew the Fish and Spirit that the projectile looks more like a crossbow bolt and or an arrow fired from a bow that has lost its fletches as there are no notches or hole for attaching it to a speargun. An arrow does not have to be a broadhead to be used for hunting. It has struck the seal from behind at high angle and either the seal was totally unaware it was going to happen as some one sneaked up behind it and shot it and or it was aware of the culprit and tried to get down the beach or rocks towards the safety of the sea and was shot at whilst trying to get to the sea.
One thing I did notice it that in the first picture the arrow looks dark then in the second picture the light has caught the arrow and it is almost white so the arrow is made out of a material which is reflective and no speargun spear would do this as it would be either made of Stainless steal so always catch the light or spring steal so always be a dark in colour so I would say it is a dark arrow made of Aluminium or Carbon as both of these would reflect when light hits them.