With the recent cold weather freezing many harbors and inlets, the New England Aquarium’s Marine Animal Rescue Team has received frequent reports of harp seals resting on ice floes from Salem to the South Shore.

With the recent cold weather freezing many harbors and inlets, the New England Aquarium’s Marine Animal Rescue Team has received frequent reports of harp seals resting on ice floes from Salem to the South Shore.


The seals, which weigh more than 200 pounds when fully grown, commonly winter in Boston Harbor.


Here are some tips from the New England Aquarium for dealing with seals: 



It is OK for seals to be out of the water. That is normal behavior. Most of the time they are resting. 
Stay back 150 feet for their rest and your safety.
Bring binoculars to watch them up close. 
Keep dogs away, even leashed ones. 
Do not cover them with blankets or pour water on them. If they are shaking, they are probably frightened of the people around them. 
Do not feed them. 
Do not try to make the seal move or move it. 
Observe the seal. Take pictures if possible. Call the Aquarium’s Marine Animal Hotline at 617-973-5247

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