PONTE VEDRA BEACH, Fla. — Florida beachgoers got quite a shock this week when they spotted a harbor seal sunning itself on the shore. But wildlife officials said it’s nothing to flip out over.
The Florida Fish and Wildlife Commission posted on social media that it’s not totally out of the ordinary to see a harbor seal along the coast like the one spotted on Ponte Vedra Beach this week.
Biologists said people are often concerned when they spot the young seals alone, but said the seals are independent, solitary creatures when they’re young.
They said it’s common for them to have a few cuts and scrapes and normal for them to take rest on the beach.
Officials said if you see a seal on the shore, stay 50 yards away and keep your dog on a leash.
If you spot one, FWC asks you to call the FWC Hotline at 1-888-404-3922 to report the sighting.