Why These Seals Left New York—and Why They Came Back
New York is like their Miami resort.
Lenora Todaro is a writer, editor, walker, and wildlife enthusiast. Her work has appeared in the New York Times, the New York Times Book Review, the Atlantic, Salon, Bookforum, and elsewhere. She was a senior editor at the Village Voice. Her book, Sea Lions in the Parking Lot, will be published October 2021. You can find her on Twitter and Instagram
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