In this, the bleakest pit of mid-winter, it is hard to imagine that there is wildlife in New York City. Even the pigeons and rats seem to be hibernating. February is too much for them. But indeed, there is wildlife and it is pretty cute and relatively accessible. Harbor Seals are way into these freezing temperatures, because they have blubber to protect them and arctic climates are their jam. They’ve been flocking to New York City in huge numbers thanks to our deep freeze lately. And you don’t have to travel that far to go seal spotting. Like, just to Sunset Park.
A couple tips on seal-spotting: They are into sun, so they’re more likely to be out on a sunny day. Also don’t try to pet them. They’re still wild animals, even though they do look super huggable.
DNA Info has a complete guide on where to spot these critters, including an eco cruise from the New York Audubon Society to see them. But for Brooklynites, you just have to take the R train to 45th street and walk to Bush Terminal Park. Seals have been spotted there recently, which gives us great glee. On your way there or back, you can pick up some excellent tacos. Tacos and seals! Can you think of a better way to spend a chilly Saturday?