The group of seals are becoming hungry, exhausted and are crying out, says Fitzgerald.
Because the mammals are not used to swimming under solid ice, Stenson said the seals most likely traveled inland and are now hanging out around the town.
The city authorities asked for help from the Canadian Government, so the Department of Fisheries and Oceans should step in and help save the seals. "People are there every day on snowmobiles stopping and looking at them, and the animals, they won't move from you".
"They're getting a little bit more lazy now, a little more exhausted and lethargic", Fitzgerald says.
However, Stenson said that harp seals are accustomed to going for stretches without feeding, and at this time of year should have built up their energy reserves in preparation for breeding. They bide their time on offshore ice floes as they feed and give birth.
Opposition Leader Ches Crosbie says DFO must do something about the overabundance of seals in the region. As NPR's Christopher Joyce has reported, sea ice in the Arctic has seen extreme melting in recent years, partly because of global warming caused by humans.
The northern town of Roddickton, N.L. has been experiencing a swarm of stranded seals, with some photos showing the animals in large groups and others crawling along local streets.
"This is disturbing for the residents to watch", Fitzgerald said.
But the town couldn't exactly take matters into its own hands. "However, a seal is a wild animal that should not be approached or touched".
'There are seals on the road, there are seals in people's driveways, the backyards, the parking lots, the doorways, the businesses'.
Images posted on social media by local Brendon Fitzpatrick show a number of the animals laying on the roads and on banks of snow, seemingly confused as to what to do.
Garry Stenson, lead scientist for the department's marine mammals section, said officials were in Roddickton on Wednesday to count the animals and assess the conditions before coming up with a new plan. "Nobody wants to see any animal suffer".