Seals make a pit stop on Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches

Published 11:19 am Thursday, March 26, 2020

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A healthy gray seal and harp seal hauled-out on Cape Hatteras National Seashore beaches this week.

The gray seal was spotted in Buxton and the harp seal got some rest near Ramp 27.

Cape Hatteras National Seashore, Fort Raleigh National Historic Site and Wright Brothers National Memorial on March 17 announced the temporary closures of its visitor centers to minimize potential spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), consistent with federal, state and local advisories.

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Additional information:

Cape Hatteras National Seashore
– Off-road vehicle (ORV) permits can be purchased online at The status of each ORV ramp and beach route can be found at
– Beachgoers should use caution in the ocean as no lifeguards are on duty at this time of year.
– The Oregon Inlet Campground, the Seashore’s only year-round campground, is closed.
– The grounds of Bodie Island, Cape Hatteras, and Ocracoke Lighthouses are open.
– The Ocracoke Island roadside cleanup scheduled for March 26 is canceled.

Fort Raleigh National Historic Site
– The grounds of Fort Raleigh National Historic Site are open.

Wright Brothers National Memorial
– The grounds of Wright Brothers National Memorial are open.

The National Park Service continues to monitor and respond to the COVID-19 outbreak. The safety and health of our employees, partners and visitors remain our top priority. For NPS COVID-19 updates, visit

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) at the Department of Health of Human Services is the lead federal agency with responsibility for public health. For more CDC information on COVID-19, visit



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