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Oregon Coast Drama This Weekend: Baby Seal
Bitten by Dog, Whale Needs Rescue
|Baby seal photos by Tiffany Boothe, Seaside Aquarium
(Oregon Coast) – It all started with two newborn
seals on the north coast getting picked up when they shouldn’t have,
and ended with a rush of activity on the north coast – including
a whale getting caught in crab pots on the central coast.
Two newborn seals caused a raucous over the weekend, with
both getting manhandled by humans, further illustrating the need for humans
to leave them alone.
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The longest running drama revolved around a baby seal,
perhaps less than a day old, which showed up at Cannon Beach on Thursday
evening. By Friday morning, the newborn – with its umbilical still
attached – had wandered about a mile down the ocean to Arcadia Beach.
It was picked up several times by humans there, which is against the law.
Then the little guy showed up at Hug Point, another mile
or so down the beach, where it was apparently attacked by a dog.
manager of Seaside Aquarium, said a well-meaning man picked up the baby
seal and took it to Mo’s Restaurant in Cannon Beach, which in turn
eventually contacted Chandler.
“The seal had bite wounds on it, on both sides,”
Chandler said. “It looked like the dog just grabbed it and shook
a bit. It was bleeding from both sides, but it didn’t sound like
the wounds were life threatening.”
said the man was instructed to take the seal back to Hug Point, where
it was found, as the mother would likely be looking for it soon.
“The best thing for you to do is to keep well away
from this seal pup, thereby reducing stress on the pup and/or alarming
its mother,” said Tiffany Boothe, an education specialist with the
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Meanwhile, Chandler was contacted on Saturday by the U.S.
Coast Guard in Newport to report a whale caught in crab pots just offshore
from that town. A lone fisherman came across the sitauation and spent
some time trying to extricate it from the crab pots, but ran out of light.
Coast Guard officials were not sure if it had sank and died or freed itself.
See the full story here.
|Whale breaching on north coast (photo: Boothe)
“It was an eventful weekend,” Chandler said,
a little exhausted by the run of mammal corpses, whales, and baby seals
Earlier on Friday, the baby seal had caused a bit of stir
when it showed up at Arcadia Beach. There, beachgoers repeatedly picked
it up and tried to place it back in the surf, Boothe said. This could’ve
caused the pup serious harm, if it somehow spooked the mother or otherwise
caused the seal to get lost from her.
is a perfect example of why beachgoers should not pick up seal pups –
besides the fact it’s against the law, Boothe said.
Another serious example of such an intrusion was a similar
baby seal that wandered up on the riverfront in Astoria. Late that morning,
Astoria Police briefly detained an individual who had picked up the baby
seal from the waterfront and was walking around town with it. They took
the seal from the man and immediately called the Seaside Aquarium for
instructions on what to do.
said the police department was told to put it back on the waterfront.
Police officers weren’t sure about the exact location where the
man got the seal from in the first place, but placed it in a spot they
estimated was at least close.
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The baby seal near Cannon Beach seemed very energetic during
its romp around Arcadia Beach, Boothe. She believed it must have gotten
some nourishment from its mother in the middle of the night, somewhere
between its initial appearance in Cannon Beach and in Arcadia Beach.
“I saw it climbing around rocks and moving around
a lot,” Boothe said. “And it was very vocal.”
Besides the umbilical chord, Boothe noticed something else
a little unusual about this newborn’s fur which led her to believe
it might’ve been born a little premature.
“Notice how white the fur is on the seal’s
body,” she said. “That’s the coast they normally shed
while still inside mother’s womb. We think it was a day old, maybe
even just hours old.
|Whale on the central coast (courtesy Whale Watch Center, Depoe Bay)
“After he sheds that coat, his fur will be silver
grey and have spots.”
Boothe said the seal pup obviously wanted to be on the
sand. When he was placed in the water, he seemed uncomfortable with the
waves and visibly did not want to be there.
Aquarium crewmembers posted a sign by the seal, telling
the public to keep away.
“It was really cute,” Boothe said. “I’ll
admit that. I almost don’t blame people for wanting to pick it up.
But you don’t do that.”
another deceased seal washed up in Cannon Beach on Friday morning, which
officials had to briefly deal with. Boothe said someone from the aquarium
went out there, figured out the exact location by GPS, determined its
condition and made notes, and then left it to the city of Cannon Beach
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“Another problem is that pups or other marine mammals
found alive or dead on the beach may pose a potential health risk,”
Booth said. “Untrained people coming into contact with these marine
mammals risk exposing themselves, domestic animals and marine mammals
to various types of diseases.”
not approach, touch or disturb this seal pup or any other marine mammal
you may find on the shore. To report other incidents of marine mammal
standings on Oregon beaches call 1-800-452-7888 with the following information:
- Your name and a contact telephone number or address
- Accurate location of the mammal and the time that you
last observed the mammal in this location
- General condition of the animal: apparently healthy,
sick or injured, dead, etc.
The Marine mammal Protection Act (MMPA) makes it
illegal to harass, hunt, capture, collect, or kill any marine mammal.
Violations of the MMPA can result in civil penalties of up to $10,000
or criminal penalties of up to $20,000 or up to 1 year in federal prison.
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