Harbor Seals In Sandy Hook

By JAEE PATHAK

Unexpected visitors arrived
on a frigid December day
floating through crackling ice
along the frozen Sandy Hook bay.

In dawn’s early light, they appeared
in groups of twos and threes
heads bobbing on waves
making way through the winter freeze.

Pups, mothers and bulls
clamored up on the dune
an orderly row
forty soldiers in a platoon.

Glistening gray and black
bodies arched like the half moon
their watchful eyes kept track
of clamming boats, wayward kayaks.

Nimble swimmers
yet ungainly on sand
worshipping the rising sun
their silky backs
turning brown and tanned.

By noon they slipped into the waves
feasting on mackerel and crill
taking turns through stormy nights
exhausted by day break
nature’s pattern, a daily drill.

By early Spring
seagulls and cormorants
claimed the cove
displacing the seals
disbanded on swift ice floes.

By May, to my utter dismay
they had left the shore
now, I count the days
my anticipation grows
will they return?
I miss them so.

 
 
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Harbor seals were spotted in Sandy Hook Bay in NJ in 2009 after a long gap of several years. They have been arriving since, usually in December and make Spermacetti Cove, their home, until May. Their numbers have been increasing each year with over 70 seals spotted in 2013.

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