Elephant seal Emerson returns after relocation in Canada

Elephant seal Emerson returns after relocation in Canada

Emerson, a young elephant seal, has unexpectedly returned to the city of Victoria in Canada after being relocated by wildlife officials. 

The elephant seal was born in 2022. Emerson became a local sensation in Victoria due to his frequent appearances in public spots, such as parks, roads, and even parking lots.

After causing safety concerns due to his popularity and the public’s risky behaviors around him, Emerson was relocated by wildlife officers. On April 6, he was moved to a remote beach far from human habitation. Despite this, he traveled 126 miles back to Victoria in less than a week.


The relocation was intended to protect Emerson during his shedding process, a critical time when elephant seals shed their fur and skin. Conservationists aimed to prevent disturbances and ensure his safety, but his return has reignited the issues of public interference.

Conservation officers are worried about the increasing instances of the public disturbing Emerson, which could potentially lead to injuries. The interactions include people getting too close, touching him, and encouraging children to approach him for photos.

Authorities are considering relocating Emerson again to safeguard him and the public. However, they hope to avoid this to let him complete his shed in peace.

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