We spotted this seal kicking back on Assateague Island last Sunday morning. Seal sightings are always cool this time of year, but it's extremely important to give them their space. They come out of the water to rest and should be allowed to do so without being stressed. Disturbing them is not only rude, it's against the law - as a marine mammal, they are federally protected. These photos were captured over a short time period from about 75 yards away with a 400 mm lens.
This seal appears healthy and seems to be in a normal resting position - if you see one like it on Maryland's beaches, let the Maryland Coastal Bays Program know. However, if you spot one that appears injured or entangled, do not approach it - notify a ranger, or call the National Aquarium's Stranding Hotline at 410-373-0083 or Maryland's Natural Resources Police at 1-800-628-9944. For more information visit the National Aquarium's website ➤