Don’t Hassle Jersey Shore Seals
In the fall I told you to give some space to the sea turtles that show up on LBI. Now, a different animal is spending time at Island Beach State Park, but the same rules apply - just leave them alone and appreciate them from afar.
Bob Schoelkopf of the Marine Mammal Stranding Center in Brigantine said the seals migrate south from New England as the waters get colder. As they follow their food sources south, they often take breaks on the beach at IBSP.
So far in 2020, seals have been spotted at Island Beach State Park and on the beaches in Brielle. But Schoelkopf said Sandy Hook is the best place to see the seals without bothering them -- specifically Skull Island. Many people like to use binoculars to get a good look at the animals without disturbing them.
If you do see a seal while you're walking the beach, give it plenty of space. If the animal is tired from swimming, chasing it back into the water before it is rested and re-energized could put it in danger. If the animal is obviously injured, give the MMSC a call at 609-266-0538 and they'll help.