On a side note a group of Transient Orca whales was seen in the area on Friday the 12th. These Orcas feed on marine mammals including harbor seals, porpoises, sea lions, elephant seals and whales. A larger than average number of these mammal eating whales have been seen in Puget Sound since last fall. The whales impact on the harbor seal population over that period is not known.
Seal Sitters volunteers spent long hours monitoring this first pup of the season and will likely be spending many more hours doing the same monitoring as the pupping season ramps up.
Anyone seeing a marine mammal on a West Seattle beach can contact Seal Sitters at 206 905 SEAL. They will respond quickly and monitor the animal as long as it is on the beach, keeping it secure from disturbance of people and dogs. Pups need rest out of the water for 50% of the time in order to conserve energy and heat. Forcing a pup into the water and shortening its rest period can greatly reduce the pups chances of survival. Disturbing a marine mammal by coming too close is illegal under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and can incur a fine and possible jail sentence. Please remember to share the shore. Thank you.
|Premature Harbor Seal pup being removed from beach|
|Premature Harbor Seal pup with lanugo coat|
|Seal Sitters Volunteers removing Harbor Seal pup for medical evaluation|