Editor's note: The following letter was received in response to blogger Roger MacBride's 9/4/12 post, "Face the Facts, It's Time to Get Rid of Seals".
To the Editor:
I just read the article on the seals and shark problem and it is true this will eventually hurt tourism on the Cape if it hasn’t already.
My wife and I have been vacationing for several years now on the Outer Cape, we get the over sand pass and really enjoy it, some people have no idea and that’s ok.
But after this past summer we almost bailed out for next year. We like High Head Beach and the seals have basically taken over. We didn’t even go in the water for fear of not only sharks but the bacteria from the seals as it’s become their bathroom and that provides a foul odor as well, just what the tourist like!
We’re no quitters so we’re coming back and will try to seek out another location that hasn’t been polluted by the seals.
The National Seashore should be able to be preserved like it was intended, maybe the government should step in and do something. I’m sure the PETA people will and probably are all upset but they need to wake up and get real. There must be a useful product(s) for the seal blubber, maybe "Cape Cod seal oil". I’m sure it would make a great water proof for boots etc. I’ll buy some! It doesn’t have to be a senseless killing spree.
Good luck Cape Cod,