Five rehabilitated seals are now back home after being released into the Sandy Hook Bay Wednesday afternoon. They were released by the Brigantine-based Marine Mammal Stranding Center amid a surge of baby seals arriving on New Jersey beaches. Consequently, the center, which relies entirely on donations, has seen an increase of seals under its care, approaching capacity last week. Harbor, grey, and harp seals are typical winter visitors at the Jersey Shore as they swim down from the New England region. Chasing Jersey's Brian Donohue reported that the seals have become more common because of cleaner water and increasing fish populations. This year's arrival was later than usual, and some found on beaches were suffering from injuries or...
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Seals are now swimming freely after release in N.J. (video)