A message from the Seal Sitters

We just received this notice of a seal pup along with a reminder of what to do when you spot a seal pup.

Hi, Rhonda.

I was hoping you might be able to get the word out that Seal Sitters is on the lookout for a very thin harbor seal pup who is using private shoreline along Beach Drive to rest. Yesterday, the pup was in the 5900 block. With such a high tide last evening the pup likely was forced back into the Sound, however, may have sought shelter on a cement ramp or stairs along there.

If you see a pup, please stay well back and contact our hotline immediately at 206-905-SEAL (7325). It may be this pup, Tigger, who was first sighted and protected at Lincoln Park on Sunday morning (you can read our blubberblog post here: http://blubberblog.org/files/c9829896053c3c3c0807550ce5eb1f43-606.html).

Yesterday evening, we rescued a different terribly thin pup along Beach Drive who had numerous bite wounds to the head, neck and body. This is the SECOND bite wound pup we have had in the past few weeks along the stretch of beach from Lincoln Park to Emma Schmitz, all notorious for off-leash dogs. While we do not know for sure yet what animal inflicted the wounds, it is a fact that dogs maul seal pups – sometimes resulting in death – every year in Puget Sound. We are pleading with dog owners to please refrain from letting their dog onto the beach – especially unleashed and unaccompanied by owner.

This is the height of  harbor seal pupping season in our area and newly-weaned (along with a few still nursing-age) pups will be trying to rest on West Seattle beaches for the upcoming months. These weaners are most always quite thin and vulnerable. Each day is truly a life and death struggle for them. Please report any harbor seal you see resting on the beach, private or public – dead or alive.

And please remember it is against Federal law (Marine Mammal Protection Act) to touch, move or feed a seal pup. Yesterday evening, a well-intentioned soul wrapped the second Beach Drive pup in a towel, which can cause brain damage and death to a pup as he tries to regulate his body temperature and overheats. The pup was taken to rehab last night and we will keep you posted on the pup’s condition.

If you see a pup on your beach, always stay back, keep dogs away and call our hotline and a trained – and NOAA-authorized – first responder will be there shortly.

Thanks so much to all of you for your help!

Baby Seal off shores of 4800 block Beach Drive

There’s a very young seal pup that is currently swimming around the 4700-4800 block of Beach Drive. Right now you can hear the youngster calling for (I imagine) their mother.  Earlier this morning the youngster was beached on the shores when the tide was down.  Seal Sitters did photo graph and document the pup and remind everyone to leave this cute pup alone and contact Seal Sitters should he/she wind up on the beach again.

Sailing Sea Lion off of Emma Schmitz View Point

We’ve been watching a large sea lion floating off the shores of Beach Drive for the last couple hours. You may not even notice him as he looks like a log for a majority of the time…until he lifts his big head for some air.

We did contact Seal Sitters, as I’m told others have as well, and were told that he is probably “sailing” (also referred to as “logging”) to reserve energy during this cold weather. If he does come to shore or seems in distress, the person at Seal Sitters asked that they be called again.

 

 

Large Dead Jellyfish

A neighbor from the 4700 block contacted us yesterday regarding large dead jellyfish that were revealed during low tide.

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From our Beach Drive neighbor, who also provided this photo: “About 20 huge, dead jellyfish washed up on our beach today. Anyone know what’s happening?”

According to the Seattle Aquarium, the Puget Sound is home to over  340 different types of jellyfish and even when dead, they still have the potential to sting.

I’m not finding information as to why so many would be dead. Do any of our readers know?

Seal on a Log

This adorable picture of a seal floating on a log was sent to us by Beach Drive neighbor, Rayetta.seal rayetta

Blue Heron caught peeping into Beach Drive Homes

This morning our guard cat, Rocko, spied a Blue Heron scoping out our neighbors home.

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The Heron looks like he’s wondering what’s being served for breakfast. There is actually a second heron on the beach below.

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Soaking in the sun

This seal seemed to be posing for pictures yesterday while sunning himself off of the shores of Beach Drive by Emma Schmitz View Point.

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Help Clean Up Alki Beach Park this Saturday, August 3rd

The Alki Community Council is jointly sponsoring the Seal Sitter’s clean up of Alki Beach Park this Saturday from 9:00 am to noon.  For more information, or to rsvp for this event, click here.

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Marine Seal boards boat anchored off Beach Drive

Spotted this big fella posing on the back of a fishing boat this afternoon. And to think Beach Drive boat owner’s worry about seagull poop!

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Looks like he could eat that outboard with just one bite

 

Scupper reporting for Beach Drive Blog (yes, that’s my boat!)

Tribes heavily crabbing off shores of Beach Drive SW

Throughout the last couple of days, I’ve seen at least three lines of crab pots set between Alki and Lincoln Park. This area of Puget Sound is only available for Indian crab harvesting. Other commercial licenses are restricted to other areas of Puget Sound. They appear to be tending the pots twice a day and releasing quite a few Sunflower Stars caught in their pots.

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Sho’ am hope’n dey don’t empty all da honey holes of cwabbys befo us boys get a go at it on July 1st!

 

Scupper, reporting for Beach Drive Blog