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Photography Wild Delmarva on 03 Apr 2009 08:56 am

easter seal


In March and April Gray seals can often be found along the Delaware coast near Cape Henlopen. With a range from Labrador in the north to New England Gray seals are occasionally seen as far south as Virginia. This one – probably a male – came ashore at the north end of Rehoboth Beach yesterday. Gray seals feed on a variety of fish and crustaceans and have been known to catch and eat seabirds.

Photograph by Kevin Fleming

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4 Responses to “easter seal”

  1. on 05 Apr 2009 at 6:07 am 1.Pat said …

    I’d love to see one of these on the beach “in person” (and from a respectable distance since I am, basically, a chicken). But…….I know the best view is the photos you and Jay take of such beautiful creatures! Thanks for another good one.

  2. on 07 Apr 2009 at 4:37 pm 2.Beth I. said …

    My partner and I were blessed to be there on the beach that day, and got a few respectful feet from the seal. Some seagulls seemed to want to keep it company, too. It yawned a couple times, and rested on its right side. What a cutie. We were glad to learn that the wildlife rehab folks had been phoned, just in case it needed TLC. Glad you got to “meet” it, too!

  3. on 10 Apr 2011 at 4:52 pm 3.Leigh Ann said …

    I was at Dewey Beach on Monday evening around 5:30 pm and saw a gray seal come out of the ocean onto shore. It hung out for 5 minutes or so and then moved toward me, turned, and swam back into the ocean. It was awesome!

  4. on 11 Apr 2011 at 6:29 am 4.Wild Delmarva said …

    Thanks Leigh Ann! There was one this morning at Fenwick that I checked out but the light was terrible. Thanks for the tip!!!


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