Sunday, September 1, 2013

Baby Seal Sunning on Breakwater Beach

Judging from the shape of its nose, this may be a young gray seal,
seen recently at the Provincetown Inn/breakwater beach.
This baby seal was seen on the little strip of beach to the left of the breakwater in the Far West End, near the Provincetown Inn. This youngster is likely a gray seal, which may reach a length of 7 or 8 feet and a weight of less than 600 to more than 900 pounds, depending on whether it's a male or a female. Gray seals are quite common in this area, and are often the variety found hauled out together in groups on quiet beaches.
Provincetown is home to an incredible variety of wildlife on the land, in the sea and in the air, as well. There are often red-tailed hawks soaring over the visitor center near Race Point beach, looking for their lunch, gliding on the wind with a keen eye trained on mice and meadow voles and other tiny critters scurrying along the edges of the dunes.
We also have a great number of creatures who visit us seasonally, as the weather changes. The Great Blue Heron is back for the change from the warm summer days to the cooler afternoons as we get into the autumn season.
Keep an eye out for wildlife as the season changes, and if you get a great photo or two, I'd love to post them here for everyone to enjoy. I'm going to start including photos of wildlife I've come across, and a little tidbit or two about each animal. I'd be glad to include your photos, too.

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