join watershed members as we take a winter walk along the edge of Sandy Hook Bay to see seals hauled out on remote beaches to rest and relax.
The best opportunity to see seals in New York Harbor is onboard a winter boat tour offered by New York City Audubon and NY Water Taxi. Enjoy a two-hour wintry cruise out on the harbor, hot chocolate included, in search varied wildlife including waterbirds and harbor seals, which in recent years have been seen on the rocks of Swinburne Island. To register for a tour, please visit New York City Audubon’s website: http://www.nycaudubon.org. If you see a seal that appears injured, entangled, sick, or being harassed by a person, in New Jersey call the Marine Mammal Stranding Center at 609-266-0538. In New York, call the Riverhead Foundation for Marine Research and Preservation at 631-369-9829. These two organizations have the authority to help stranded or sick marine mammals and sea turtles. Wildlife experts with the help of trained volunteers will determine if an animal is in need of medical attention, needs to be moved from a populated area, or just needs time to rest. If you see a seal resting on a beach: • Always stay at least 50 feet away. • Never attempt to touch or handle seals as they can be aggressive if threatened. • Seals carry diseases that can be passed on to humans and people have diseases that can make seals sick. • Seals can and do bite, and they can move very quickly. - Ensure you keep small children at a safe distance, and always keep dogs on a leash, under control and away from seals. - Do not disturb seals. Don't make loud noises or throw things at them. - Do not feed seals, as it encourages them to approach people in the future.