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14 Seal Secrets

Learn more about seals, marine mammals that are part of the pinniped family, which means "fin-footed" in Latin.
3008x2000-spottedseal-AFSC-BStewart_0045- Retouched.jpg Spotted seal on ice. Credit: NOAA Fisheries

Aerial Surveys Monitor Growing Gray Seal Populations off the Northeastern United States

Counting gray seal pups in their nurseries is one way researchers are keeping tabs on this population as it reoccupies historic habitats off New England.
March 22, 2021 - Feature Story ,
Young seals and their mothers napping among the rocks on a remote island off the U.S. State of Maine. Seals resting among the rocks on Green Island, Maine.

Researchers Return to Study Gray Seal Pups in New England

NOAA Fisheries scientists and colleagues are conducting health assessments and tagging gray seal pups on islands off Massachusetts and Maine.
February 05, 2020 - Feature Story ,
Mom and seal pup on the beach. Mom has been branded for identification.

Together Again: White Sharks and Gray Seals Off Cape Cod

After decades without seeing many, Cape Codders now easily find seals and sharks together in warmer months.
July 31, 2019 - Feature Story ,
Aerial view of seals and sharks off Chatham, MA.

All Hands on Deck for a Wayward Gray Seal Pup

Marine mammal responders aid lost gray seal pup in making its way north.
March 28, 2019 - Feature Story ,