Harbor Seal Sighting in Felton Becomes Viral Video - WBOC-TV 16, Delmarvas News Leader, FOX 21 -

Harbor Seal Sighting in Felton Becomes Viral Video

Posted: Updated:
This harbor seal was spotted crossing Coursey Pond in Felton, Del. over the weekend. (Photo credit: Chris Lambert) This harbor seal was spotted crossing Coursey Pond in Felton, Del. over the weekend. (Photo credit: Chris Lambert)
Coursey Pond is shown Tuesday. (Photo: WBOC) Coursey Pond is shown Tuesday. (Photo: WBOC)

FELTON, Del. - Chris Lambert was driving to work on Route 15 in Felton this weekend when traffic slowed down for an unusual sight.

"A bunch of cars went off the side of the road," he said. "There was this big black body in the middle of the road and they all kind of went around it." 

Afraid a person had been hit, he pulled over, only to realize the body was a harbor seal, making its way from the Murderkill River spillway into Coursey Pond.

"I'm just like, 'What is this doing here?'" he recounted to WBOC with a laugh. "How did it get here?" 

In the video, the seal can be seen flopping across Route 15 into Coursey Pond, where the MERR Institute says the adult female seal may still be. MERR Institute Executive Director Suzanne Thurman says seals seek deeper water during storms, and this weekend's snow most likely prompted the seal's journey across traffic. 

"It's normal for them to come up into these creeks and waterways," Thurman said.  "She's highly motivated to stay there because of the easy access to food. And until she decides she wants to get to the bay, she's unlikely to do so."

Thurman says moving the seal--whom they've named Philomena--would be traumatic for her, so they're trying to let her be and make sure others keep the federally mandated 150 feet away. It's also possible Philomena already swam back to to the bay in the middle of the night.

Thurman says if anyone sees Philomena, please call the MERR Institute at 302-228-5029.

  • Delmarvawide NewsDelmarvawide NewsMore>>

  • How to Tell the Difference Between Real and Fake Solar Glasses

    How to Tell the Difference Between Real and Fake Solar Glasses

    Saturday, August 19 2017 9:04 PM EDT2017-08-20 01:04:07 GMT
    Saturday, August 19 2017 9:04 PM EDT2017-08-20 01:04:07 GMT
    SALISBURY, Md.- People in Salisbury question whether or not the solar glasses that are being sold are real or fake. After the Amazon recall of solar viewers some people in Salisbury said they are now hesitant to buy them.Fran Lane of Salisbury said, "YouMore
    SALISBURY, Md.- People in Salisbury question whether or not the solar glasses that are being sold are real or fake. After the Amazon recall of solar viewers some people in Salisbury said they are now hesitant to buy them.Fran Lane of Salisbury said, "YouMore
  • Gold Alert Issued for Delaware Women

    Gold Alert Issued for Delaware Women

    08/19/2017 20:27:00 -04:002017-08-20 00:27:00 GMT
    Saturday, August 19 2017 8:27 PM EDT2017-08-20 00:27:06 GMT
    Delaware State Police have issued two Gold Alerts for a Greenwood woman and for a Milford womanMore
    Delaware State Police have issued two Gold Alerts for a Greenwood woman and for a Milford womanMore
  • Fundraiser Held for Survivors of Domestic Violence

    Fundraiser Held for Survivors of Domestic Violence

    Saturday, August 19 2017 5:42 PM EDT2017-08-19 21:42:37 GMT
    Saturday, August 19 2017 5:42 PM EDT2017-08-19 21:42:37 GMT
    PRINCESS ANNE, Md.-On Tuesday, December 6, a mother and two children, were attacked in a Princess Anne home. Airealle Sells, 25, died from wounds during the attack, while her children, an eight year-old and four-year-old, survived. Princess Anne polMore
    PRINCESS ANNE, Md.-On Tuesday, December 6, a mother and two children, were attacked in a Princess Anne home. Airealle Sells, 25, died from wounds during the attack, while her children, an eight year-old and four-year-old, survived. Princess Anne polMore
  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Gold Alert Issued for Delaware Women

    Gold Alert Issued for Delaware Women

    08/19/2017 20:27:00 -04:002017-08-20 00:27:00 GMT
    Saturday, August 19 2017 8:27 PM EDT2017-08-20 00:27:06 GMT
    Delaware State Police have issued two Gold Alerts for a Greenwood woman and for a Milford womanMore
    Delaware State Police have issued two Gold Alerts for a Greenwood woman and for a Milford womanMore
  • How to Tell the Difference Between Real and Fake Solar Glasses

    How to Tell the Difference Between Real and Fake Solar Glasses

    Saturday, August 19 2017 9:04 PM EDT2017-08-20 01:04:07 GMT
    Saturday, August 19 2017 9:04 PM EDT2017-08-20 01:04:07 GMT
    SALISBURY, Md.- People in Salisbury question whether or not the solar glasses that are being sold are real or fake. After the Amazon recall of solar viewers some people in Salisbury said they are now hesitant to buy them.Fran Lane of Salisbury said, "YouMore
    SALISBURY, Md.- People in Salisbury question whether or not the solar glasses that are being sold are real or fake. After the Amazon recall of solar viewers some people in Salisbury said they are now hesitant to buy them.Fran Lane of Salisbury said, "YouMore
  • 7 Rescued After Boat Catches Fire off OC Coast

    7 Rescued After Boat Catches Fire off OC Coast

    08/18/2017 14:47:00 -04:002017-08-18 18:47:00 GMT
    Friday, August 18 2017 2:53 PM EDT2017-08-18 18:53:31 GMT
    Friday morning's boat fire nearly 14 miles off the Ocean City coast. (Photo credit: Coast Guard Station - Ocean City)Friday morning's boat fire nearly 14 miles off the Ocean City coast. (Photo credit: Coast Guard Station - Ocean City)
    The Coast Guard on Friday morning rescued seven people after the 35-foot boat they were on caught fire nearly 14 miles off the coast of Ocean City.More
    The Coast Guard on Friday morning rescued seven people after the 35-foot boat they were on caught fire nearly 14 miles off the coast of Ocean City.More
  • Most Popular VideosMost Popular VideosMore>>

  • 7 Rescued After Boat Catches Fire off OC Coast

    7 Rescued After Boat Catches Fire off OC Coast

    A boat in Ocean City caught fire yesterday about 12 miles offshore, and we have some dramatic new video, sent in late last night.

    More

    A boat in Ocean City caught fire yesterday about 12 miles offshore, and we have some dramatic new video, sent in late last night.

    More
  • Dover Comic Con Benefits Local Economy

    Dover Comic Con Benefits Local Economy

    Thousands of people, including a superhero or two, came out to Dover today for the annual Comic Con. The family-run event welcomed people from all over the region to downtown Dover. WBOC's Kylie Winkler was out earlier today to see how the event benefits the town's economy.

    More

    Thousands of people, including a superhero or two, came out to Dover today for the annual Comic Con. The family-run event welcomed people from all over the region to downtown Dover. WBOC's Kylie Winkler was out earlier today to see how the event benefits the town's economy.

    More
  • Dangers of The Solar Eclipse On Our Eyes

    Dangers of The Solar Eclipse On Our Eyes

    If you plan on watching this year's Solar Eclipse, but have yet to purchase your certified safety glasses, you might want to rush to the store. Eye specialists are warning of the serious issues that could result if these warning are taken lightly, issues that are irreversible.

    More

    If you plan on watching this year's Solar Eclipse, but have yet to purchase your certified safety glasses, you might want to rush to the store. Eye specialists are warning of the serious issues that could result if these warning are taken lightly, issues that are irreversible.

    More
Powered by Frankly

All content © Copyright 2000 - 2017 WBOC. All Rights Reserved. For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy, and Terms of Service, and Ad Choices