By Aaron Knight’s rough estimation, there are “18 trillion.”
Whatever the number (no, not 18 trillion), the seals stretch out in a long line just beyond the reach of the waves crashing on the shores of Monomoy Island, the eight-mile long spit of sand that stretches down from Chatham off Cape Cod.
“Miles and miles of continuous blubber,” Knight wrote alongside the video he took and posted to Facebook on Sunday. It’s since been viewed over 200,000 times.
He told The Boston Globe he’s never seen so many seals in the area.
“They used to be in harems and small chunks dotted down the beach, but this year … it’s just astonishing,” he said. “It’s an infinite forever stretch of seals.”