Seal may have just stopped to rest on N.J. beach

    A seal that came ashore on Island Beach state park yesterday afternoon may have just been doing what all of us do at the beach: Relaxing.

    But that didn’t stop Seaside Park wildlife experts and mammal rescuers from swooping down to find out whether the seal was in a bind.

    According to the Star Ledger, fire personnel were already on the scene when the seal apparently decided her or she had had enough attention and headed back into the water.

    By the time helpers from the Marine Mammal Stranding Center arrived, the seal had flown, perhaps to find a more private spot for a snooze. It’s apparently common for seals to come ashore in secluded areas for some R and R.

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    Or maybe he moved on because there wasn’t any action on the boards in nearby Seaside Heights.

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