[MARMAM] FW: Information sought on phocid seals in SE asia

Grant Abel grant.abel at oceanpark.com.hk
Thu Dec 15 01:54:54 PST 2011

Could the following be circulated to the MarMam listserve for information please.
Thank you

Grant Abel
General Curator
Zoological Operations and Education
Ocean Park Corporation
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A Spotted Seal (phoca largha) was reportedly caught by fishermen in waters adjacent to Vietnam in August 2011.   The nearest known range for this species includes the northern Yellow and Bohai Seas of China and this event may represent a wayward individual or other type of activity in this region.  We have also received unconfirmed reports of true seals being seen elsewhere in Asia, outside the published range for this species. The earliest report of a possible seal sighting  in Hong Kong waters is contained in the Hong Kong Telegraph dated April 17, 1914.   We are very keen to hear of other reports if any, of seals in coastal waters of Southern China and the South China Sea.  Anyone interested in photographs of the seal allegedly caught by fishermen near Vietnam and other information to hand is available by contacting Grant Abel of Ocean Park Hong Kong (Email: grant.abel at oceanpark.com.hk<mailto:grant.abel at oceanpark.com.hk>)

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