Jersey Summer

Seal Sighting on Spring Lake Beach

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This animated photo shows a seal that came ashore at about 3 p.m. on April 18 near the jetty on the south end of the Spring Lake beachfront. Credits: Nancy Orlowski
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Once on the Spring Lake beach, this seal seems to be enjoying the sand under the sunny skies. Credits: Nancy Orlowski
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SPRING LAKE, NJ — Another seal came ashore — this time at the jetty on the south end of Spring Lake's beach.

Photographer Nancy Orlowski was walking the beachfront when she spotted this seal at about 3 p.m. on April 18 and took these real-time animated photos. It’s not known whether it returned to the ocean.

On April 12, a harp seal made its way onto Belmar's Fifth Avenue beach and eventually returned on its own to the waters the next day.

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Throughout the early spring, seals can be found in New Jersey waters during the birthing season. While young pups are usually seen along the shoreline, older seals as well have been venturing onto local beaches this season. They feed on small fish in the shallow waters and then come ashore to replenish their oxygen supply before returning to the waters, according to the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine.

Seals are not as cute and friendly as they look, and they can bite. That is why it’s important to stay at least 50 yards from a resting pup. Plus, it’s against federal regulations to touch them.

Anyone who witnesses a seal that is distressed or may need help is asked to call their local police department or the stranding center on its 24-hour hotline at 609-266-0538

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