No sooner had we passed the lighthouse enroute to Governer’s Island, a few puppy-like heads began bobbing up in the water, checking out the strange boatload of humans.
Before long, we reached the seal- and cormerant-covered island, and saw loads of seals slide off the beach and into the water, as though to greet our little boat of marine life observers!
Governor's Island is home to a colony of about 200-300 grey seals and harbour seals, according to the tour company's website.
On the way home, the captain stopped the boat near a lobster trap, and our tour guide and another passenger hauled up the trap, which had indeed caught a lobster, along with a crab, two starfish and a few other small fish! After returning these treasures to the sea, we were invited to “drive” the boat, and many guest captains lined up to avail themselves of this opportunity.