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Baby Seals Start Showing Up on Oregon Coast
|Tiffany Boothe of Seaside Aquarium photographed the northern fur
seal juvenile that was resting on the beach Thursday
(Seaside, Oregon) - The irresistible little ones have begun
popping up on Oregon coast beaches, as birthing season starts up for seals
along the shores.
April 18 saw the first one of the season. A newborn harbor
seal pup wandered up to the fishing docks at Warrenton, which caused some
concern among the fishermen.
The Seaside Aquarium’s
Tiffany Boothe responded to that one, as the aquarium is part of the Marine
Mammal Stranding Network. It’s their job to post signs telling people
to keep away from the seal, as they’re simply resting, in need of
a nap, like any baby of any species.
|A particularly adorable baby harbor seal on the beach at Seaside
in August of '07.
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“It hung around there for a few days,” Boothe
said. “Then we stopped getting calls on that one, so it had gone.
It was a newborn, with its umbilical chord still attached and everything.”
The second baby seal of the season showed up Thursday night
just a tad south of Fort Stevens State Park.
“A northern fur seal made a brief appearance on Delaura
Beach last night,” Boothe said. “The juvenile seal was reported
to the Seaside Aquarium at 6:30 p.m. The seal appeared to be healthy and
was quite alert.”
Boothe said when aquarium manager Keith Chandler checked
on the little guy Friday morning, the seal had gone.
“He sure was cute,” Boothe said.
Northern fur seals normally live in colder waters near
|A fur seal that wandered up on the beach three years ago (photo
This one was about a year old, said Chandler, and was two
Harbor seals live for about 15 years in the wild. The Seaside
Aquarium is known for its bevy of harbor seals, which the public can feed.
They live a lot longer in captivity, with lifespans of 20 years or more
on average, while at the aquarium. The Seaside Aquarium broke that record
in the 70’s with a harbor seal named Clara who lived until she was
Boothe said seal pups are often found resting on shore
while their mothers are hunting for food nearby. This is a normal occurrence
and you must leave them alone. It's usually just a matter of time before
the mother seal shows up to reclaim her young. They can be left alone
for days at a time.
Still, it is even illegal to approach them.
|Aquarium staff also responded to two dead seals earlier this week,
having to retrieve the body as they did here, back in the fall of
“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.”
Do 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,
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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