Biologists say seal that spent weekend on beach was resting

NEWPORT, R.I. (AP) — Officials from Mystic Aquarium in Connecticut say a juvenile harp seal who spent the weekend on a Rhode Island beach apparently was just resting.

Sarah Callan, assistant manager of the animal rescue program at Mystic, says officials had been monitoring the seal after it was spotted Saturday on Easton’s beach.

She tells the Newport Daily News the seal spent the weekend out of the water, but was not on the beach when a monitor returned on Monday.

She says it’s not unusual to see harp seals this time of year as they move down the coast from Canada.

She says the seals don’t need to feed every day and sometimes after a particularly long journey, they will haul themselves onto a beach to sleep.

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