Deer emerges from the surf – NJ.com

BELMAR— New Jerseyans are accustomed to deer turning up just about anywhere these days — along major highways, in suburban back yards, dodging traffic in the downtowns of the state’s largest cities. Last year, a doe jumped through an unlocked window at a Bergen County middle school.

Even the waters of the Atlantic are not immune to their presence.

On Friday afternoon, Tyson Trish, a former photojournalist for the Record of Woodland Park, was at the beach with his wife, Gina — who recently won the Democratic primary for the 24th District Assembly seat — and their children. Around 2 p.m., they suddenly noticed a deer trying to steady itself in the rough surf nearby and Trish grabbed his camera.

Deer caught in North Arlington middle school 

“At first we thought it was a seal in the waves and then as it got closer we could see it was a deer,” said Trish, who now teaches at Blair Academy in Blairstown. “It was struggling quite a bit and barely made it ashore. The lifeguards were watching very closely.”

Although not widely known for it, deer can swim — even in the ocean. In 2012, one was seen paddling for about a mile in the waters off West Haven, Ct.

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