Seal hunting is a pretty safe occupation. The worst you typically have to face is falling in the water (which is admittedly pretty darn dangerous giving how cold it is).
But when your fellows are being picked off by orcas and a weirdly predatory right whale it's easy to get distracted. And then even something has unthreatening as a seal may take the opportunity to give you that fur coat you wanted, but not the way you wanted it. 83