Sick Seal Reported at New Rochelle Marina

Written By: Robert Cox

UPDATED: Seal PHOTOS and VIDEO Submitted.

There were reports yesterday of a sick seal at the New Rochelle Marina. Several readers reported seeing news helicopters hovering over that area; the seal report is why they were there. The seal was not visible to the news crews and there are some reports that the seal has left the area. None of this is official but readers who are near the water are encouraged to keep an eye out. A beer on Talk of the Sound at Dudley’s St. Patrick’s Day party for the first to capture the seal on camera!

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The photo was taken by a person who works near Hudson park. The photo were sent to someone familiar with Marine life who says the coloring of the seal is normal for a Harp Seal.

Wikipedia: The Harp Seal or Saddleback seal is a species of earless seal native to the northernmost Atlantic Ocean and adjacent parts of the Arctic Ocean. The Harp seal has a black face with silvery-gray body. Its eyes are pure black. It has black harp or wishbone shaped markings on the back. Adult Harp seals grow up to be 1.7 to 2.0 m (5 to 6 feet) long and weigh anywhere from 140 to 190 kg (300 to 400 pounds).

The person who sent the photo added the following account:

The seal was just very close to the dock, and bobbing around not moving much. So the assumption was that something was wrong because it just didn’t seem right. The coloring is normal for a Harp seal. Which isn’t common to our area. They usually have black/brown faces and are whitish/ silver with black/ brown wishbone shaped markings on their backs. They are usually found in the Northern Atlantic and Arctic oceans. I’m sure if you Google adult Harp seals you will be able to find a picture that looks similar to those that I sent you.

2 thoughts on “Sick Seal Reported at New Rochelle Marina”

  1. Seal
    If anyone sees the seal again, please call the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research & Preservation: 631-369-9829 Hotline

    Thanks for the video, Bob.

  2. Pics
    I have 2 pictures of the seal from yesterday. I just don’t know how to submit them. I submitted them on twitter @talkofthesound. 🙂

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