An interesting bit of seal trivia a naturalist told us on a recent kayak trip out to the seals: Because their flippers are mostly geared to swimming, these harbor seals and gray seals can't climb up out of the water onto the rocks. Instead, since they've learned that the rocks get exposed as the tide goes out, they float over the rocks, and let the receding tide leave them high and dry! Then as the tide rises, they roll back into the water. They also typically only hang out on these rocks between Labor Day and Memorial Day (early September until the end of May) which not coincidently is when boat traffic lessens and the 'tourists' go home! (They do hang out on off-shore rocks such as in the Isles of Shoals all year.)
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