Photo: Seal Returns To Sheepshead Bay


Okay, guys. It’s time to name this little bugger. He looks like the same fellow that was hanging out at the Miramar Yacht Club in February, and probably a relative of the GPS-cyborg-seal chilling on Brighton Beach last month. This time, Franz (I’m naming him Franz until we’ve come to a consensus) was soaking in some rays near Sheepshead Bay Yacht Club’s marina at 3076 Emmons Avenue. Reader Dave Janicki, who sent the photo, said he also saw Franz yesterday, swimming about the bay.

This proves it: Sheepshead Bay has it all when it comes to water. And by all, I mean swans and seals. We’ve got swans and seals. And sewage. Swans, seals and sewage.

So… Franz. Agreed?

  • nolastname

    lewis Hallam Jr.

  • nolastname

    S.A.M.=====Save A Mammal.

    • Arthur Borko

      Will the next leap, be his final leap hope?

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    • Anonymous


      Vasya eta Kruta! :D

  • Tricia Vita

    How about Ferdinand?

  • Arthur Borko

    Oh, I just wanna hug and cuddle the little beast!

  • Lisanne!

    At least this seal has taste. Doesn’t want to hang out in hipster neighborhoods.

    • Ned Berke

      Not like it has a choice. If it tried to swim into Newtown Creek or Gowanus Canal it would sprout tentacles and a million eye balls. And then die.

      • Lisanne!

        The seal, who wants to be called Floyd, was sporting a beret and drinking PBR a few weeks back. Hitched a ride on the BQE. After awhile he just decided that “Hipsters are Dipsters” and came back.

        He declined a full interview and doesn’t want a photo spread.

        • Ariela B.

          I like Floyd!

      • Arthur Borko

        It’s pretty amazing how much a difference in water quality you have just a few miles away. The ocean is AWESOME in its filtering might.

  • Janelle

    Awww! He’s so adorable!! I wanna keep him! LOL

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  • Janelle

    How about Steve? Steve the Seal. Yeah.

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  • Barkingspider7

    I like the name Franz.

  • JR

    I like Austin

  • BigBrother

    how about slippers?? oh and perfume? ok thats my vote, slippers and perfume!!
    …so soft and warm…

  • Bk2Bklyn

    There was a great article in the recent March 21st edition of ‘The New Yorker’ by Ian Frazier (wonderful writer) about the return of seals to our local waters, including those spotted under the Verrazano and a retired guy from the NY Aquarium that narrates seal-watching cruises out of the Rockaways. Here’s a link to a summary of the article (but the full piece makes for a much better read, especially the history behind seals in the area):

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