Three boys who went fishing on the south shore of the St. Lawrence River spotted a seal on Sunday morning, more than 1,000 kilometers from its natural habitat.
Roy Lahache is from the Kanien’kehá:ka (Mohawk) community of Kahnawake, and he was out with his friends fishing in the seaway, which runs parallel to the river when what appeared to be a harbor seal surfaced behind the St. Francis Xavier Catholic Missionary Church in the community.
“There was a huge bass, then out of nowhere I saw something sticking its head out of the water,” Lahache said. “When we got closer, we noticed it was a seal.”
The 13-year-old and his friends fish regularly in the area and have never seen anything like it before.
The boys ran along the shore, following the seal for several yards, but the seal went underwater and they lost it.
“It was crazy,” Lahache said. “It was super crazy.”
In August, seals tend to live in the Gulf of St. Lawrence, beyond the Gaspé Peninsula and closer to the Atlantic Ocean.
The seal is one of many visitors who have deviated from their course and arrived in the Montreal area.
A hooded seal pup appeared in Montreal in August 2020 and a bearded seal was spotted in Laval in June of the same year.
A humpback whale also caused a stir in the spring of 2020, and in May of this year, two minke whales were spotted in Montreal.
The three whales all died before returning to their natural habitats.