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Harbor seal seen in Boston’s Charles River

Wildlife officials are hoping a harbor seal that unexpectedly made its way into the Charles River late last week leaves the waterway over the weekend as more than 1,900 boats arrive for the annual Head of the Charles Regatta.

The sprightly 4-foot-long animal, which appears healthy, probably slipped through the locks of the Charles River dam just east of the Leonard P. Zakim Bunker Hill Memorial Bridge, and has been surprising boaters on and off the water, officials at the New England Aquarium said.

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