Photos: Canadian seal hunt spills blood on the ice in Gulf of St. Lawrence
The Canadian commercial seal hunt is underway in the Gulf of St. Lawrence.
While warm weather and poor markets are combining to make this year's hunt a small affair, the International Fund for Animal Welfare has observed six or so boats out shooting and clubbing harp seals.
According to the animal-rights group, about 530 seals have been killed since the hunt began on March 22 around Quebec's Magdalen Islands. IFAW expects the Gulf hunt to wrap up by this weekend.
In early April, the commercial seal hunt off the coast of Newfoundland and Labrador is expected to start.
Here's several photos shot by IFAW of the 2012 Gulf seal hunt.