Cute, fluffy seals are sunning themselves and resting in the cold, wintry winds along the Outer Banks.
They have earned the nickname of Christmas seals because they annually appear during the holidays.
“The seals are hot and heavy right now,” said Karen Clark, director of the Outer Banks Center for Wildlife Education in Corolla. “I’m getting three or four calls a day.”
Young seals migrate south during the winter in search of food, she said. Juveniles are lower in the hierarchy and have a hard time competing for food with the adults, so they venture from their homes in Canada and New England as far south as Hatteras looking for easier meals, Clark said.