Seal hangs with fishermen today in Island Beach State Park

    Even seals need a break from fishing. 

    The blubbery marine mammal was spotted relaxing near the Barnegat Inlet jetty in Island Beach State Park today, according to Russ Horn of Rusty Rembrandt Studio, the photographer of these images.

    Rusty Rembrandt Studio cleverly captioned the above photo with, “I don’t want to be the one [to] tell him, I ate all the fish, Mr. Seal says.”

    Jerry Meaney, a Point Pleasant first responder and prolific photographer that operates Barnegat Bay Island, NJ on Facebook, says that the Island Beach State Park seal is the same one he was “sealsitting” at Brick Beach III on Friday. 

    Meaney, also a Marine Mammal Stranding Center (MMSC) volunteer, says that he was keeping people away from disturbing the seal, warning that they can be very dangerous if people approach. 

    MMSC examined the seal earlier this week during one of its sunbathing expeditions in Lavallette, deeming it healthy and uninjured, according to Meaney.

    “It may be avoiding sharks,” he says, adding that it is unusual for seals to appear on New Jersey beaches during the summer.

    Seals are common guests along the shoreline during the winter.

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