VIDEO: Seal sunbathes in Kill Devil Hills

A seal takes a break in Kill Devil Hills. [Kari Pugh photo]

This harp seal stopped to sunbathe, roll in the sand and nap in Kill Devil Hills on Monday morning. Seals are common winter “tourists” along local beaches, with more than two dozen taking a break on the Outer Banks since December.

After leaving their mothers, young seals venture outside of northern territories in search of food, and often stop here to sun and sleep.Seals are protected marine mammals. If you spot one resting on the beach, be sure to keep at least 150 feet distance. Click here to read more about Outer Banks’ seal visits.

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