- Associated Press - Friday, November 14, 2014

BRIGANTINE, N.J. (AP) - A seal with a fondness for New Jersey beaches - and the food-sharing fishermen and beachgoers that come with them - is headed for Detroit after becoming a little too friendly with the locals.

Since March, the 100-pound female gray seal had stopped on Long Island, New York, and New Jersey beaches at Sandy Hook, Island Beach State Park, Sea Isle City and Longport.

Each time, animal rescue groups shooed it back into the water or treated it for illness or injury. But the seal kept coming back.

When people started petting it in September, the Marine Mammal Stranding Center removed it from the ocean permanently because it had become too acclimated to humans.

The seal leaves on Sunday for the Detroit Zoo, which will have a contest to name it.

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