This morning, a community member let me know of a “not so typical” seal sighting south side, Fishers Island. I rode up to find what I believe is a “younger” Gray seal, or possibly Harp seal. With all the winds and tides, it could have landed here. I will keep an eye on the animal and notify our Island First Responders to contact Mystic Aquarium should it appear ill or stranded.
*Gray seals are pelagic, spending more time at sea than our hauled-out Harbor seas. Hopefully this seal is just resting for a day or two.
From the Field, Video Snippet, Justine Kibbe, Feb. 27, 2019