Reports have been coming in from residents all over Nunatsiavut in recent weeks claiming to have spotted harp seal pups being born.
We contacted a researcher today to discuss the sightings.
Gary Stenson is a Researcher with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans.
He says that if they are in fact harp seal pups, it is highly unusual.
Harp seals usually give birth in late February or early May.
Stenson says that it’s also unusual to spot harp seal pups north of the Groswater Bay area.
He says that there may be some confusion between harp seal and gray seal pups.
The pups of those seals are similar in appearance.
He says although gray seals are not common in northern Labrador, they have been spotted as far north as Nain.