Can't get enough of this seal. Photo taken by Urban Park Ranger Rob Mastrianni. (More photos at end of post)
Harbor seal spotted in Inwood Hill Park
by Carla Zanoni
Nature lovers have visited Inwood to see the neighborhood’s abundant wildlife for years. Birds, raccoons, fox, skunk and even coyote are frequently seen roaming the hills of Inwood Hill Park. Now those lovers of the natural world can rejoice in at least one new addition, a harbor seal.
Rumors of a seal spending time on the shore of Inwood Hill Park over the past two to three weeks were confirmed this weekend when a park ranger caught sight of the aquatic mammal waddling its body along the pier off Columbia University’s W. 218th Street boathouse. The slippery visitor was officially spotted and photographed by Urban Park Ranger Rob Mastrianni on Saturday, April 18.
“Inwood is becoming a great place to see wildlife,” Richard Simon, an Urban Park Ranger captain who works with Mastrianni, said of his department’s seal sighting.