New Jersey seal enjoys new home at Detroit Zoo

ROYAL OAK, Mich. - A New Jersey seal that was becoming too comfortable around people is now enjoying her new home at the Detroit Zoo.

Jersey Seal

The seal had been picked up multiple times in various locations by volunteers from the Marine Mammal Stranding Center, and was becoming more and more comfortable around people. Bob Schoelkopf, founding director of the MMSC, said that when they picked up the seal being petted on a beach in Longport, they knew it was time to find her a permanent home

The MMSC worked in conjunction with the National Marine Fisheries Service to find the seal a new home, and she was eventually brought to the Detroit Zoo in November. A contest was held and she was named “Jersey.”

“Jersey is doing great, she appears to be thriving in her new home in the Detroit Zoo’s Arctic Ring of Life,” said Scott Carter, Chief Life Sciences Officer for the Detroit Zoological Society.