Remote Muskeget Offers Case Study in Nature's Balancing Act
Steve Myrick

Crocker Snow Jr. remembers vividly the first time he set foot on Muskeget island. The 250-acre stretch of sand and scrub brush forms the westernmost tip of Nantucket.

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Seal in the Road, Oak Bluffs Police to the Rescue
Landry Harlan

Two Oak Bluffs police officers became marine mammal rescuers Tuesday night when they helped guide a rogue seal back into Nantucket Sound.

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Born Polluted but Fates Aren't Sealed
Suzan Bellincampi

Last month, NOAA declared an Unusual Mortality Event for pinnipeds, a group of aquatic mammals that include seals.

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Entangled Seal Set Free in Aquinnah
Sara Brown
On Monday the stars aligned for a juvenile gray seal with a considerable amount of commercial fishing net wrapped around its neck and three natural resources officers called to its rescue.
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Lost and Found: Stray Seal Pup Finds Safe Route Home
Sara Brown
Thanks to Tisbury police officers on the midnight shift, a lost seal is back in the water — despite a quick detour under a police car.
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Prey, Predator Doesn't Equal Cause, Effect
Elizabeth Bradfield
On the surface it seems like a simple and straightforward equation: more seals equals more great white sharks. The connection, however, is likely far more complicated.
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Recent Surge in Shark Sightings Belies Their Dramatic Declines
Simon Thorrold

The July 30 shark attack at Ballston Beach in Truro has focused national attention on the seasonal occurrence of white sharks in waters close to Cape Cod and Island beaches. White sharks are no strangers to residents here; I certainly won’t forget kayaking with friends to see a female white shark trapped in a coastal pond on Naushon island in September 2004. There seems little doubt that we have witnessed more white sharks in areas frequented by swimmers along the eastern shore of the Cape over the past few years.

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Seals Rebound In Waters Here, Scientists Agree
Mark Alan Lovewell

An abundant food supply, safe habitat and management protection that began years ago has contributed to the resurgence of seals in Island waters.

Gray and harbor seals are back. Though marine experts at the federal level don’t have actual numbers, there have been many reports this summer of seals around the Island. In short, not all bathers at the beach are humans.

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Aquarium Verifies Visiting Pinniped as Harp Seal

Last Wednesday evening Kathy Cerick and her family were walking on Lobsterville Beach near Dogfish Bar when they spotted a seal. It did not move when they approached it, so they took photographs and called the police who called the New England Aquarium. Ms. Cerick later received a call from the Aquarium asking her to forward the photographs. The Aquarium then responded that the seal was a harp seal. Ms. Cerick was asked to check on the seal again the next day, which she did, but the seal was gone.

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Tennis, Anyone? Seal Pup Visits Yacht Club

A wayward juvenile gray seal made its way into Edgartown last Friday, spotted in a number of places on or near Fuller street. At one point the seal was in front of the Edgartown Yacht Club tennis courts off Pease’s Point Way. Traffic was diverted by volunteers. With assistance, the seal made its way back to the sea.

David Grunden, shellfish constable from Oak Bluffs, is also a marine mammal stranding coordinator for the Vineyard. Mr. Grunden received a call from the New England Aquarium on Friday morning that there was a seal in Edgartown.

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