Did you see the Hudson River seal?

3/28/2009:

Hudson Seal mesmerizes local residents

I missed the cool wildlife visual yesterday – when many folks along the Hudson River got a glimpse of a seal milling around in the water at various spots in the area.

Hoboken411 reader Liz spotted one yesterday:
“I just wanted to tell someone that we saw a Harbor Seal today while riding the 9am North Hoboken Ferry (half of the ferry saw it as well). It was about 15 feet away from the boat, frolicking in the water. Amazing site! It makes me feel good about the state of the Hudson… or conversely worried that the seal was lost and would not survive in our river. I am going to go with the former, so I can sleep tonight.”

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Here’s a blog entry from the NY Times back in January – that mentioned that your opportunity to catch a glance is short:

“Harbor seals typically stay around for day or two before moving on. Sergeant Taylor said he watched the seal for about 40 minutes on Monday and planned to return “tomorrow and see if he is still hanging out.””

Did you see the Cute-as-a-button seal? Did you get warm and fuzzy as well?

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6 Comments on "Did you see the Hudson River seal?"

rag246
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rag246

Embargadero on the Hudson?

weeping_willow
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weeping_willow

saw him late afternoon yesterday, just lolling around and occasionally scratching. here’s the official word from wildlife experts:

“This is a harbor seal that is old enough to be on his own. They do travel alone, and he appears to be healthy with a good weight and no injuries. At this time MMSC and local authorities will monitor the seal, but it is not in distress. Although the boat traffic is a concern, these animals are very intelligent and will leave the area if they feel threatened. Seals are federally protected under the marine mammal protection act, and people are required to stay at least 50ft away. Please admire the seal from a distance and report any sightings or injuries to MMSC. The Marine Mammal Stranding Center is the only organization that is both federally and state authorized to handle Marine Mammals in New Jersey.

Please contact us if there are any land sightings or if there is any sign that the seal is in distress. The Marine Mammal Stranding Center is available 24/7. Phone: 609-266-0538

Sincerely,
Brandi Biehl

Field Stranding Technician
Marine Mammal Stranding Center
PO Box 773
3625 Brigantine Blvd.
Brigantine, NJ 08203
Phone: 609-266-0538
Fax: 609-266-6300
Email: mmsc@verizon.net
Web: http://www.marinemammalstrandingcenter.org

escaped68
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As far as i know some died ,some left the area. Also there was a report of a birth. all unconfirmed

homeworld
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[quote comment=”145541″]There have been a couple of seals spotted at the leonardo stater marina pretty muh all winter. The spotting was kept low key in order to avoid a side show like they had this past summer with the screwsbury dolphins.[/quote]

are the dolphins dead yet?

Furey
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Just remember, sea lions aren’t cuddly and friendly animals. Don’t approach one.

http://www.cbsnews.com/stories/2006/11/29/ap/tech/mainD8LMEFM80.shtml

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