Seal makes a splash in the Hudson River in upstate New York

March 20, 2019

ALBANY, N.Y. (AP) — A silvery seal with soulful black eyes and a spotted coat is making a splash in the Hudson River 150 miles inland from the Atlantic.

The New York state Department of Environmental Conservation on Tuesday said a harp seal has been spotted on an ice floe at Albany. The agency is asking people who see it to send photos to its social media email address.

A photo of a harbor seal just south of Albany generated surprise among Facebook users last week. DEC said in a notice that a few harbor seals are in the river year round but are easier to spot against a backdrop of ice.

The agency says young harp seals have also been showing up in recent years.

The mammals swim up the river for fish.

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