New York’s most abundant seal is the harbor seal (Phoca vitulina), which can be found in the state’s marine waters from late fall to late spring. Harbor seals can range in color from brown, tan, or gray to silvery-white.
The best time to watch for seals is during the day. Good places to look for seals are Fire Island National Seashore or Montauk Point State Park.
Please do not disturb seals if you see them resting along the shore. Bring your binoculars and you may be rewarded with the sight of a seal resting in a rocky area.
If you suspect a seal is sick or injured, please call the New York Stranding Hotline at (631) 369-9829 to report the animal.
Photo of harbor seal courtesy U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.