Seal spotted on Hudson River ice just south of Albany

Castleton-on-Hudson — Ken Meyer was driving along and glanced at the Hudson River, where he spotted what appeared to be “a blob on the ice.”

“It first I thought it was a goose,” the village Department of Public Works employee said. He stopped his vehicle, pulled out his cell phone and zoomed in on it.

“It was a seal. Just hanging out there on the ice,” he said. “I’ve lived here for 37 years. I’ve heard of them in the area. Once one was spotted up by the Troy Dam. I’ve never seen one in person, though.”

The village of Castleton-on Hudson is about 10 miles southeast of Albany in Rensselaer County.

Meyer said he observed the seal for about 10 minutes before leaving. He said a number of others stopped the vehicles and…

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