Caption: Visitors reported a harp seal this weekend at Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge. Seals are seasonal visitors to the refuge and periodically haul out onto land 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. Pets should be leashed and should not interact with any 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. Thank you for the reports and enjoy the view!
Visit National Wildlife Refuges Visitor Center on Roanoke Island. Open 7 days a week 9 am-4 pm Mon-Sat & Noon-4 pm Sun. Admission is free. https://www.fws.gov/refuge/Alligator_River/
USE YOUR MANNERS and BASIC COMMON SENSE! For the safety of yourself and your family, as well as the wildlife you are viewing, ALWAYS VIEW FROM A SAFE DISTANCE! If you see a change in the behavior of the wildlife (they move away, etc), you are TOO CLOSE! And. remember: all traffic laws apply on Refuge roads. Seat belts, car seats for children, etc. - whatever is required by the State on a public highway is required on the Refuge! Learn more about tips for safety during bear encounters at http://bearwise.org/bear-safety-tips/bear-encounter/