March 10, 2014: P.E.I. (CBC News) –   There won’t be many harp seals seen along P.E.I.’s North Shore this year, say Fisheries and Oceans officials.

Poor ice conditions the last few years forced the harp seal herd close to shore. This year, however, the ice is thicker. Fisheries officials are finding the seals much further away from P.E.I., close to the entrance of the Cabot Strait, between Cape Breton and Newfoundland.

“The last few years we have not had much ice and as a result the seals had started to show up, along the north side of P.E.I. in particular,” said Fisheries and Oceans research scientist Mike Hammill.

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