BELMAR, NJ — A family of swans on Silver Lake captured the public’s attention last week — and even starred in their own Belmar video.

But is seems that since the adult pair of swans and their cygnets were waddling southbound down the boardwalk on May 28 — "escorted" in the rain for their safety by members of the Belmar Police Department — they have not been spotted back on the banks of the picturesque lake.

A similar situation happened two years ago when it was the first time in many years that a pair of swans nested on the lake’s center island, hatched their young, spent time at Silver Lake before heading out of town.

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While speculation at that time was the swans went in search of a natural environs with more vegetation, possibly along Lake Como or Spring Lake.

But this time around, Belmar Environmental Commission Chair Edward Lippincott has his own theory. “I can only guess but those swans left for a reason and not because they felt like going for a walk,” he said. “My guess is some kind of predator threatened them.”

If you do see the swans, please send us a photo at cgoetz@tapinto.net and TAPinto Belmar/Lake Como will keep tracks of their travels.

Below is the video, courtesy of Belmar’s multimedia director John Sabia.

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