Seals on the Beach!
This is one of my favorite images that we’ve been able to capture on Wells Beach. Mostly because this is exactly how my friend would look if he were a seal. However, people are often astonished to find out that seals really do come right up onto the beach, and that this picture was actually taken right here in Wells. The species of seal that we see here is called a harbor seal, also referred to as a common seal. They are typical inhabitants along coastlines of the north Atlantic in both Europe and North America. They spend most of there time at sea, but will come ashore to rest or sun themselves. And although they may look cute, adults can weigh close to 300 pounds and have razor sharp teeth. So it’s important to give them their space. Solitary baby seals also find there way onto Wells Beach from time to time. This is almost always because they have been separated from their mother and are lost or tired. Never touch a baby seal! A mother can tell when her pup has been touched and will refuse to care for it afterwards. The best thing to do if you see a baby seal on the beach is to call the Maine Marine Animal Reporting Hotline. Other than that, just try to enjoy Wells Beach as much as this guy does.