RODANTHE, N.C. (WNCN) – A harp seal pup made an appearance on the shores of the Outer Banks last weekend, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service reported.
The seal hauled itself up onto the sands at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge, just north of Rodanthe.
The Wildlife Service said seals are seasonal visitors to North Carolina and will come ashore to rest.
“If you see a seal, please treat it with caution and give it some space (at least 150 feet). Do not walk between the seal and the water—always allow it an option to go back into the water,” the Wildlife Service said.
Pets should always be leashed and not allowed to interact with wildlife on the refuge.
If you are concerned that the seal may need assistance, please report sightings to Refuge Biologist, Becky Harrison, 252-423-1839.
Visit National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center on Roanoke Island.
Open 7 days a week 9 a.m. – 4 p.m. Mon-Sat and noon- 4 p.m. on Sunday.
Admission is free.