PHOTO: Baby Seal Pup Spotted On North Side Of Three Tree Point
BTB Reader (and neighbor) Julie Dow sent us this photo of a baby seal pup she photographed on the north side of Three Tree Point on Wednesday, Sept. 8th:
Taken yesterday afternoon, here’s a photo of the baby seal which was placed on the private beaches north end of Three Tree Point, while its mother hunted. Several neighbors protected it, until its mother came back for it.
We shooed away several folks wandering down the beach with dogs etc. who thought it was injured. One well-meaning but misinformed visitor tried to pick it up and then thought about calling 911, saying “it’s hurt how can you just leave it there?”
Finally I was able to convince her that it really was okay.
If the mothers feel their pups are threatened by someone, they have been known to get aggressive and/or not come back for the pups. I’ve stopped kids from poking them with sticks before.
My first good photo of these pups, which are a regular occurrence.
– Julie Dow
According to the Washington State Department of Ecology:
- Pupping season occurs during the summer and early fall, a peak time for boating and beach walking. Harbor seals are easily frightened of humans during this time. Please stay clear of seal haul outs and leave marine mammals in peace to raise their young.
- If you see a harbor seal pup alone on the beach, do not disturb them. It’s the law. Human encroachment can stress the pup and scare the mother and other adult seals away.
- For your safety and the health of the pup, leave the pup alone. Do not touch! Do not wrap a pup in blankets (seals are protected by blubber and blankets will cause it to overheat.) Do not try to feed a pup. (Incorrect feeding can cause a pup to die.) Do not try to force a pup into the water. Keep pets and children away from a pup.
- Today, seals are protected from killing by the Federal Marine Mammal Protection Act. It is against the law to hunt, capture, kill, harass or otherwise disturb seals or any other marine mammal.
For more info on how to treat seal pups you find on the beach, click here.