Sharing the Shore with Seals
Given the number of seals around Nantucket now, it is very likely that you will see a seal swimming offshore or sunning itself on the beach. For your own safety, the safety of your pets, and to comply with federal law, it's important that you be aware of the Do's and Don'ts. You may also come across a distressed or dead seal one day. If you do, please report it to the appropriate authorities.
Seals may also bite if provoked and may carry diseases that can be transferred to people and pets, so getting too close can be dangerous as well.
PLEASE REPORT injured, entangled, and deceased seals to the MMAN HOTLINE:
The Marine Mammal Alliance Nantucket (MMAN), www.nantucketmarinemammals.org, is the authorized marine mammal stranding response organization for Nantucket, Tuckernuck, and the Muskeget Islands.
Removal of Dead Seals
Dead seals can only be removed after the Marine Mammal Alliance Nantucket (MMAN) authorizes removal.
It’s up to the owner of the beach in question to decide whether to remove the dead animal. In the case of Sconset Beach, contact the Nantucket Land Bank, 508-228-7240, email@example.com, for the area in front of Codfish Park and Wade Cottages, and the Town of Nantucket, 508-228-7261 (Beach and Park Hotline), for the rest.
For an interactive map that shows the owner of each beach on Nantucket, visit https://www.nantucket-ma.gov/673/Beaches-Parks.
You can also submit an inquiry to the Town of Nantucket through its online Contact Us form at http://www.nantucket-ma.gov/FormCenter/Contact-Us-6/Comments-47 and they will help you get in touch with the beach owner.
Weight: 550 to 880 lbs
Learn More About Seals
Adult male: Bull
A gray seal can stay underwater for up to 16 minutes.
Seals come out of the water to rest and molt. They may stay on land for up to a week without being in any danger. (Putting water on them is considered a form of harassment.)