Clean Ocean Action

Coastal Creature Feature, February 2008

The December Creature was the Harbor Seal.  This seal is normally in New Jersey waters from December through March.  Keep an eye out! The seals have been spotted this winter in local waters.  They are often found basking on near-shore ledges in bays, harbors, and estuaries.  Harbor Seals have a distinctive dog-like profile and can vary in color from light gray or tan, to brown and red with dark or light spots.  Adult seals grow to between 5 and 6 feet.  They are generally curious, and sometimes come close to boats and humans.   Congratulations to Abigail Hazlett of Newark, NJ, for being selected from a pool of correct entries.

February Creature: This ornithoid lives and breeds in the far north, but spends winters in southern locations, including along the New Jersey coast.  This feathered friend might be mistaken for a large gull, but its pointed tail, yellowish head, and dark gray or black outer wings distinguish it.  To capture food, this bird makes plunging dives into the water for fish.  To enter for a chance to win a COA T-shirt, send your guess by mail (Clean Ocean Action, 18 Hartshorne Dr., Suite 2, Highlands, NJ 07732), fax (732-872-8041), or completing the form below.  Winner will be announced in Clean Ocean Action's April newsletter.


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