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Witness the Grey Seal in its Natural Habitat

New Brunswick is home to diverse coastal areas where you can witness the grey seal in its natural habitats. The grey seal, along with the harbour seal and harp seal can be observed lounging on rocky shores, basking in the sun, and occasionally playing in the waters. If you're looking to experience these incredible creatures up close, here are some of the best places to see seals in New Brunswick:

 

See New Brunswick's Seals in all Their Glory


Bay of Fundy: The Bay of Fundy is renowned for having the highest tides in the world, creating a dynamic environment that attracts the grey seal and various other marine life. Areas like Cape Enrage and St. Martins are excellent spots to witness seals basking on rocks during low tide. Hopewell Rocks also offers opportunities to see seals along the coast.


Kouchibouguac National Park: This national park boasts a diverse range of ecosystems, including salt marshes, sand dunes, and lagoons, providing a perfect habitat for a variety of seal species. You can often spot harbor seals and grey seals in the tidal rivers and estuaries. Guided kayak tours and interpretive programs in the park can enhance your chances of spotting these marine mammals.


Grand Manan Island: Situated in the Bay of Fundy, Grand Manan Island is an ideal location to observe seals in their natural environment. The island offers guided boat tours that take you to the waters surrounding the island, where you can see both harbor seal and grey seal communities in action. You might even spot other marine life, such as whales and seabirds, during these tours.


Seal Cove, Campobello Island: Located on Campobello Island, Seal Cove is named after the seals that frequently inhabit the area. Visitors can enjoy guided tours that provide insights into seal behaviour and their role in the ecosystem. Along with seals, you can also spot seabirds and other coastal wildlife.


Deer Island: Deer Island offers opportunities to observe seals both on land and from boats. Local operators offer seal-watching boat tours that take you to prime locations where seals are known to congregate. You can often see them sunning themselves on rocks, swimming in the water, or even curiously investigating passing boats.


Lepreau Falls: Lepreau Falls is another picturesque spot where seals can be seen in their natural habitat. The falls, located near Lepreau, provide an ideal vantage point for observing seals as they navigate the currents in search of food.


Miscou Island: Situated in the Acadian Peninsula, Miscou Island offers a quieter and less crowded atmosphere for seal watching in New Brunswick. This island is known for its diverse bird population as well as its seal inhabitants.


Remember that seals are wild animals, and it's essential to observe them from a respectful distance. Binoculars and telephoto lenses can help you get a closer look without causing any disturbance. Before planning your seal-watching excursion, it's a good idea to check with local visitor centers or tour operators for the latest information on the best times and locations for seal sightings.

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