Harbor Seal Spotted in Connecticut River in Massachusetts


A harbor seal was spotted frolicking in the Connecticut River in Massachusetts Wednesday.

Officials said the New England Aquarium and Massachusetts Department of Fisheries & Wildlife received reports of the seal just south of the Holyoke Dam in South Hadley, Massachusetts Wednesay evening.

Local residents and fishermen recorded the seal swimming, eating and lounging on the river bank. Experts said the seal appeared healthy and was behaving normally.

This particular seal was tagged and biologists were able to identify it as one that was rehabilitated by Mystic Aquarium. The seal arrived at Mystic as a 1-week-old pup in May 2018 and was released into the wild in January. Click here for more on that story.

Biologists are looking for the seal. Anyone who spots it is asked not to approach, touch or feed it and report the sighting to the marine animal hotline at 617-973-5247.

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