BELMAR, NJ — A baby seal waddled its way onto the Fifth Avenue beach earlier today to enjoy one of the warmest days of spring so far.
Around noon on April 12, photographer Nancy Orlowski took these snapshots, which have also been posted on the Belmar Facebook page where it states that the Conserve Wildlife Foundation of New Jersey has been notified.
This is the second known instance this year that a harbor seal pup has come ashore in Belmar. On February 1, public works employees discovered a pup on the jet-ski dock at the Belmar Marina. And in the past several months, whales have been seen in the waters off Belmar — the most recent being earlier this week.
Harbor seals can be found in New Jersey waters through the early spring, when pups can typically be seen along the shoreline following the birthing 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.
Baby 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.