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North Oregon Coast Visited by Grumpy Sea Lion
and Cute Seal
|The baby harbor seal near Cannon Beach Thursday was
visibly drowsy. Photo Seaside Aquarium.
(Cannon Beach, Oregon) - A big, curmudgeonly
sea lion and an adorable seal pup are lounging around two different beaches
near Cannon Beach Thursday night. Both have signs posted around them to
stay away, with one being dangerous to humans.
"There is currently a California Sea Lion resting
on the beach near the Stephanie Inn in Cannon Beach," said Tiffany
Boothe, with Seaside Aquarium. "The sea lion seems to be a little
thin and a bit tired. Other than that the sea lion is very active. Signs
were posted around the sea lion to inform the public to give the sea lion
some space and time to rest. If the sea lion stays on the beach his condition
will be monitored."
from the Seaside Aquarium are part of the Marine Mammal Stranding Network,
which responded to these situations and posted the signs.
|One big, grumpy sea lion is lounging around the beach
at Cannon Beach. Photo Seaside Aquarium.
Aquarium manager Keith Chandler said the sea lion is simply
resting on the beach, as is the baby seal. "He just picked Cannon
Beach to take a nap," he said.
Normally, sea lions find hidden rocks or isolated jetties
to fall asleep. They can go nighty-night on the water, but it doesn't
get them a good sleep.
"He’s alert," Chandler said. “Alert
enough to nearly take my head off when I started to get close.”
|Seaside Aquarium's Keith Chandler called
the baby seal at Arcadia one of the cutest he's ever seen. Photo Seaside
In spite of a possible malnourished condition, Chandler
said it appears to be OK. "If he’s still there in a couple
days, there may be a problem. But I expect he’ll be gone tomorrow.
It just happens that the beaches are their bedrooms."
A baby seal is hanging out just a few miles south, at Arcadia
Beach State Park. It too is trying to take a long nap, as babies do. This
one is just a few days older than the one resting at Cannon Beach during
the busy holiday weekend, which still had its umbilical cord.
baby seal no longer has his umbilical cord,” Boothe said. “The
pup seemed active, and again we placed signs around the pup to inform
the public to leave the seal pup alone.”
Chandler said this one was the cutest one he’d seen
in a long time.
The Seaside Aquarium got the call about the sea lion around
9:30 a.m. Thursday, and they were on the scene, planting signs an hour
|Photo Seaside Aquarium.
Last weekend’s pup brought up some more issues about
how the public should leave these little ones alone. Chandler said Cannon
Beach crowds were better about staying away because they’re more
educated on the subject, thanks to Haystack Awareness program educators.
That program teaches people about the marine environment, with interpreters
also reinforcing the "do not approach" rule for baby seals.
said tourists on other beaches, like Seaside, are a little more likely
to approach a baby seal in spite of the signage, because there are no
educators on hand to keep an eye out or push the message.
The baby seal this weekend had a kind of fairy tale ending
– for seals, at least.
"Sure enough, the mother did not approach the baby
while the crowds were around," Chandler said. “But we got reports
from Haystack Awareness staff that she came in about 4 a.m. and was nursing
the seal. They could even see the mother seal in the water, checking in
on her baby sometimes during the day.
"Once the holiday ended, the two swam off back
into the ocean – flipper in flipper. They’re probably doing
underwater summersaults now. That illustrated exactly what we preached:
stay away and the mother will come and get the baby."
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