A Seal in Carman's River


A seal was seen swimming in Carmans River, a rarity. Marine biologists believe it had swum there looking for fish to eat.

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This Guest Post is brought to you by Marshall Brown, on behalf of Save the Great South Bay, and does not necessarily reflect the views & opinions of LongIsland.com and its staff.

Residents of Bellport and Shirley got a big surprise Tuesday with the appearance of a harbor seal in Carman's River.

Michael Busch, a lifelong resident of the area and an avid boater and fisherman had this to say:

"I have never seen or heard of them in this area EVER."

Dr. Artie Kopelman, a SUNY Distinguished Service Professor, Professor of Science at SUNY/FIT, Adjunct Associate Professor of Marine Biology at Dowling and President of CRESLI, The Coastal Research and Education Center of Long Island, which studies seals, whales and dolphins, had this to say:

"It may be from the group that utilizes the haul-out near Moriches Inlet. There's a seal we've seen there that looks remarkably like this one. But if it was here, it was here for two reasons  -- it was looking for a place to rest, and/or looking for food (fish, squid, and octopus)."

With the breach at The Old Inlet just across the bay, some speculate that fish are entering the bay from here. Seals are regularly seen at the Old Inlet, along with flocks of seabirds, a strong sign that there are a lot of fish entering from the ocean.

Several weeks ago, a winter flounder, largely absent from the bay over the last 20 years and a favorite of seals, was caught in Carmans River as well.

Many local fishermen are excited about this coming fishing season, given these initial signs of life in the Great South Bay, which they attribute to the breach at The Old Inlet, which is flushing and cleaning the bay, and providing a means by which fish they may enter in.

You can see the rest of Mike Busch's seal pictures here.

To visit CRESLI's seal photo gallery, click here

To sign up for a seal walk with CRESLI in Cupsogue, click here.


About Save the Great South Bay
Save The Great South Bay was formed last August at a 35th Sayville High School Reunion, where the attendees shared their shock and dismay at  what the bay had become. They determined that  The Great South Bay had to be revitalized so that our children and grandchildren could swim, boat, clam and fish there. Save the Great South Bay has over 500 members since Jan 1st and has enlisted a number of local baymen and marine scientists studying the bay to the cause. It promotes new technologies, green practices and policies for healing  the bay, our ponds, rivers and streams.   It is a place where all those who love The Great South Bay and The South Shore can gather together to build a healthy, sustainable bay. To learn more, visit their website, "Like" the Facebook Page, join their Facebook Group, orfollow Save the Great South Bay on Twitter.
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