Fur seal at Wellington East enrages River Murray users

On holiday: A fur seal photographed at Wellington East, outside its usual habitat in the ocean or - more and more - the Coorong and Lower Lakes. Photo: Coorong District Council.

On holiday: A fur seal photographed at Wellington East, outside its usual habitat in the ocean or - more and more - the Coorong and Lower Lakes. Photo: Coorong District Council.

A fur seal has been spotted up the River Murray again, this time inspecting shacks at Wellington East.

The Coorong council posted a photo of the usually marine mammal on its Facebook page on Monday, and attracted responses ranging from adoration to rage.

"Not cute," said one commenter.

"Get rid of it.

"They have no place in our river system."

Another said the seals needed their numbers knocked down because they ate too many fish; a third suggested the individual pictured was "ready for harvesting".

However, others were willing to stand up for the seals.

"It's their home first, they don't take more than needed," said one.

Seals were not commonly seen in the Coorong or Lower Lakes until about 2007, and their incursions up the river have been rarer still, though the presence of several seals stopped the 2015 state ski racing titles at Murray Bridge.

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