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Rare seal sighting in the James River

August 28, 2020

Rice Rivers Center Fisheries Biologist David Hopler captured this photo of a very rare sight near the center - an adult male grey seal. The seal was spotted swimming 500 yards upriver from the Benjamin Harrison Bridge in the tidal freshwater portion of the James River. "He should be in the Gulf of St. Lawrence area between Nova Scotia and Labrador," says Hopler. "I've been doing James River water monitoring runs once a week year round for 10 -12 years. First time I've seen a seal."

After seeing the photo, Chesapeake Bay Magazine's Meg Walburn Viviano contacted Hopler for more information.

Read the article, "Rare seal sighting in tidal James River."

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