Someone bludgeoned and killed a group of seal pups found dead on Murray Beach Sunday, according to the results of a necropsy performed this week.
Dr. Pierre-Yves Daoust, from the Atlantic Veterinary College, said AVC staff performed a necropsy on 10 grey seal pups and all of them had severely fractured skulls.
There were no metal fragments found, which ruled out someone having shot them, he said.
“Therefore we are left with the very high probability that these animals were clubbed.”
A group of AVC students who were working in the area found the dead seals the day after the animals were seen alive on the beach.
Daoust said the pups would have only been a few weeks old and were still nursing.
The Fisheries and Oceans Department said earlier in the week it was investigating the incident.