The gruesome discovery was made on Thursday morning. Police are investigating the incident. Police were notified after a passerby saw the seals' heads nailed to plaques located at the entrance to the sanctuary.
According to Irish Central
, the heads were from two common harbor seals, and they appeared to be only to be around six months old. "RIP Cull" and "RIP- I am Hungry" were written on the boards that the heads were nailed to. Ally McMillan, the sanctuary's animal manager, said that the sight was sickening.
The Irish Examiner reported
that the police removed the heads as well as the signs.
Locals in the area believe that the sanctuary may have been targeted by people demanding a cull because they think seals are doing nothing but destroying the local fishing industry. A volunteer at the centre, Emily Butt, said that the attack on the seals was well planned out. She also said the attack was revolting.
According to the Belfast Telegraph
, McMillan said that she was worried that the two seals may have belonged to the sanctuary.
McMillan said that she was worried because there are two seals at the sanctuary that are about to be released.
An animal rights group, Aran, has a £5,000 reward for anybody who has information that can lead to the people who are responsible for the incident.