Dorchester has it all when it comes to the wildlife department! We’ve got turkeys, bald eagles, coyotes, and a harbor seal was spotted in Dorchester Bay in Lower Mills last week. This little guy was just chilling out on a plank of wood.
Is it strange to see a harbor seal in the winter?
Not at all! Harbor seals can frequently be seen in the winter and spring basking in the sun! So be on the lookout along the beaches and shorelines.
If you do see one, just leave the seal alone.
The New England Aquarium advises that whether you’re on land or water, try to stay at least 100 feet away from any seals you see. If you need to get past a seal that’s hauled out on a beach or pier, remember to treat the seal with care and respect.
Special thank you to Chris Shannon for the photo!