BOSTON (AP) — Never mind the robins. The real harbingers of spring, Canada’s “ice seals,” are returning to the Massachusetts coastline.
Naturalists say young harp seals and adult hooded seals have been spotted from Cape Ann to the South Shore.READ MORE: Massachusetts Reopening Plan: COVID Restrictions Loosen Monday, Including Restaurant Capacity
The animals are known collectively as ice seals because they swim south from the ice fields of Canada’s Maritime Provinces to take a break in comparatively balmy New England. Experts say the migration has been happening for about two decades.READ MORE: 'In Like A Lion': March Weather Brings Drastic Swing In Temperatures This Week
Marine animal rescuers from the New England Aquarium responded to calls for help this past week in Marblehead, Nahant and Norwell, where juvenile seals came ashore.
Biologists say just because a seal is on the beach doesn’t mean it’s stranded. They’re reminding the public to keep their distance and ensure dogs are leashed.MORE NEWS: South Attleboro MBTA Station Closes Due To 'Deteriorating' Pedestrian Bridge
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