Cape Cod Seal Pup Season Comes Early

Harbor seals and a few gray seals hauled out at Chatham Harbor on Cape Cod. Photo: Meghann Murray, NOAA Fisheries.

Federal scientists say the Northeast’s harbor seal pupping season is starting two months early, and they’re urging people to be cautious when they see the young animals, according to an article in the Cape Cod Times.

NEFSC biologist Gordon Waring with a harbor seal pup in June 2006 during collaborative tagging studies with the University of Maine to monitor pup movements around Blue Hill Bay, Maine. Photo: NOAA/James Gilbert, University of Maine.

Scientists at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration say harbor seals tend to give birth in May and June on rocky islands, ledges or sandy beaches along the coast. But this year, seal pup sightings were reported in March.

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NOAA: Seal Pupping Early

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