When I was making my rounds checking it I stoped in AVL and soon as I walk down the beach I was right there litterly 3 feet from me. I walked up to it and then it darted into the water.
I never seen a seal this far south ever . Pretty cool and there is a first time for everything
one made the newspaper in Hatteras last spring.everything winds up there
i was there...which i only mention because i got the opportunity to talk to some marine biologist who was there "guarding it" on behalf of some organization. he explained to me that the only time these things come on shore is when they're injured or exhausted and need to recover. they'll climb up on the beach and chillax as long as they need to, then go back in the ocean as soon as possible.
i don't really know the first thing about biology, but it seems to me that, unlike west coast seals, these ones are far less accustomed to being around people. hence, the skittishness...or maybe not (?).
apparently they have all sorts of bacteria on their coat and will bite if you try to get too close, so don't go touching that thing!