Ski Racing SA titles abandoned due to seals

The Ski Racing SA titles at Murray Bridge have been abandoned for safety reasons after incidents with seals on the course.
The Ski Racing SA titles at Murray Bridge have been abandoned for safety reasons after incidents with seals on the course.

THE Ski Racing SA State titles at Murray Bridge have been officially cancelled for safety reasons after incidents and near misses with seals on the course.

It seems Murray the New Zealand fur seal, who was found frolicking in the River Murray this week, has brought some friends on his unusual trip to the river, with seals spotted at both ends of the racing course.

Ski Racing SA committee member Jenny Hoskins said it was decided that racing would be cancelled six races short of finishing the full schedule.

She said one seal had been hit during racing.

"In the end, we had a happening with one of them, so it was in the interest of safety of competitors and wildlife," she said.

Attempts were made to keep one seal was contained to Long Island Marina yesterday, but after the discovery of more than one seal, the cancellation was called at about 11.30am on Sunday.

"We don't know how many (seals) there are, but there are seals at both ends of the course," she said.

"We've been working with Natural Resources Management to try and keep them off the course.

"We did everything we could."

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