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A harbour seal is shown in Victoria on Dec. 4, 2011.CHAD HIPOLITO/The Globe and Mail

A young harbour seal is safely back in the water after going for a stroll in downtown Halifax.

Police say officers were on patrol in the Bishop's Landing area of the waterfront when they flagged down around 12:30 a.m. on Thursday by a woman who had found a seal under a parked vehicle.

After a short search the officers found the seal moving down the middle of Lower Water Street.

After a little persuasion the officers managed to wrap the seal in a blanket and took it back to the harbour's edge.

The seal was released and swam away.