Airport foreman Scott Babcock was surprised to see a huge bearded seal on the asphalt chilling in the milking sunshine. The incident happened on Monday at Wiley Post-Will Rogers Memorial Airport in Utqiagvik, Alaska, when foreman Scott went to clear snow on the runway.
He told it was very surprising to him “It was very strange to see the seal. I’ve seen a lot of things on runways, but never a seal.”
According to the local TV, animal control was called in and they moved the seal with the help of sled.
The airport department said that this was the first sighting of a seal on the runaway. Many animals have been spotted including birds, caribou and polar bears, there in the past.
“Wildlife strikes to aircraft pose a significant safety hazard and cost the aviation industry hundreds of millions of dollars each year,” department spokeswoman Meadow Bailey told the Associated Press. “Birds make up over 90 percent of strikes in the U.S., while mammal strikes are rare.