Stop Harassing The Seals
The Marine Mammal Stranding Center is reminding people to not approach any wildlife they happen to see on New Jersey beaches.
On Monday, the MMSC had to rescue and relocate a seal after a crowd gathered and disturbed the animal. Experts say it's not uncommon for seals to hop out of the water for a rest, but unless you see an animal that is clearly injured, just admire it from afar.
If you really are concerned about an animal's well-being, call the MMSC at 609-266-0538. Approaching an injured animal could stress it out, and it could either injure itself further or try to defend itself by biting.
It's kind of hard to tell because that video doesn't have a good frame of reference, but that even seems to be too close. I get that it's a thrill to see an animal that you don't see every day, and I'll admit that I'd try to get a picture of it myself...but just give the lil fella some space.
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