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Seal stops traffic in Old Saybrook

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OLD SAYBROOK, CT (WFSB) -

A young gray seal stopped traffic on one road in Old Saybrook and caused quite a crowd to form Friday morning.

And the little guy was in no rush to head back into the Long Island Sound.

"You know, the hurricane brought a lot of things in, but no seals," said Pete Brainard of Old Saybrook.

The seal somehow flopped his way onto Sequassen Avenue in Old Saybrook's Fenwick borough.

"He came in over the dunes, into the brush, went down into the road and somebody found him," said Bill Webster, who lives in the area.

Experts told Eyewitness News it's quite common for seals to come out of the water and make an appearance in the late winter/early spring months along the Connecticut shoreline.

However, it is unknown why the seal made an appearance on dry land Friday.

"He could be just tired, could have been that there was a predator in the water," said Mystic Aquarium volunteer Cherie Kiernan-Manning.

Kiernan-Manning kept an eye on the gray seal, which was believed to be in good health, until the facility's team of experts could come look him over.

"He's alert. He's vocalizing," said Skip Graf of Mystic Aquarium. "These are all things we're looking for."

When a seal appears to be healthy, Mystic Aquarium officials said they'll do their best to let him return to his habitat on his own.

A few hours after Eyewitness News left, aquarium workers said he finally felt comfortable enough to slip back into the Long Island Sound.

To see even more pictures of the seal, view our slide show at the following link.

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