Gray seal spending time on NC beaches

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Associated Press

Posted on May 24, 2013 at 10:06 AM

CAROLINA BEACH, N.C. (AP) — Beachgoers in North Carolina this holiday weekend may get a rare opportunity to spot a gray seal.

The seal was first spotted May 16 on the north end of Wrightsville Beach. Since then, it has moved on to Carolina Beach and Kure Beach.

University of North Carolina at Wilmington marine biologist Ann Pabst says this is the furthest south the species has been spotted in North Carolina. Pabst says the seals spend time on land while they molt, or replace their fur coats.

Seals may seem friendly but have sharp teeth, and authorities warn people to keep their distance. If areas get too crowded near the animal, beachgoers are encouraged to call authorities.

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