Cape Cod's Nature Place

The Cape Cod Museum of Natural History


Muskeget Island, Gray Seal Maternity Ward; No White Sharks Apply

Nature Program

 Muskeget Island, Gray Seal Maternity Ward; No White Sharks Apply


  Author Crocker Snow, Jr.

Wednesday, September 14, 2016 at 1pm.  

Free with Museum Admission

 Muskeget Island, the smallest of Nantucket’s three islands, is a treeless, uninhabited, 250-acre island halfway between Nantucket and Martha's Vineyard and has become the primary maternity ward of gray seals in Nantucket and Cape Cod waters. In the past 20 years, this tiny island has undergone an ecological dynamic change caused by the overpopulation of gray seals that has grown from 100 in 1996 to about 10,000 today, where in the dead of winter, gray seals birth and breed. The impact of these large and voracious seals on the island's fragile ecosystem, its terrain and other special wildlife, is a source of amazement and concern to scientists and researchers.

Crocker Snow Jr. has been going to Muskeget Island for 65 years, and is now part owner and effectively the steward of what is a National Natural Landmark with the Department of Interior.  Author of a recent book Muskeget: Raw. Restless, Relentless Island and narrator of a new documentary about the seals on Muskeget, award-winning journalist Crocker Snow will share his years of unique observation and experience of trying to keep the island "forever wild".