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Marine Animal Sightings - Seals

Have you seen a marine animal?

Much of what we know about marine mammal migration and behavior is the result of keen observation by patient naturalists, fishermen, citizen scientists and researchers. In many cases, we learn through the imprecise science of serendipity whereby a matrix of possibilities results in a report: the right person in the right place at the right time knowing the right person to contact.

Have you seen a tag? A uniquely marked individual? An interesting behavior? Or maybe you are not quite sure what it is you saw? The Marine Animal Identification Network provides information on tagged animals (primarily seals) and a database of sightings. We hope that YOU will help in recording these reports and invite you to join here. Learn about research on seals and other marine animals and participate in the process of learning about their travels.

If you encounter a dead, entangled, or marine mammal in distress, please contact your local
Northeast Region Marine Mammal and Sea Turtle Stranding and Entanglement Network member
or call the regional hotline at 866-755-6622.

In Southern New England, please report whale entanglements to 1-800-900-3622.


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Feature story: Following Grey Seals Tagged on Cape Cod


In June of 2013, Dr. Gordon Waring of NOAA/ NEFSC led the first ever tagging of adult wild capture grey seals in the U.S. Thanks to Wheelock College and Whalenet, the Northwest Atlantic Seal Research Consortium tagged their first seal in this capture event. Follow "Gracie's" travels.