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|Baby seal on Cannon Beach over Memorial Day Weekend (photo Seaside
(Cannon Beach, Oregon) - It was only a few days old, but
it sure caused a small frenzy on the beaches of Cannon Beach.
A baby harbor seal, only a few days old, washed up near
Haystack Rock in the famed Oregon coast resort town this busy holiday
weekend, creating quite the stir.
"It was only a few days old, and still had its umbilical
chord attached," said Tiffany Boothe, with Seaside
Aquarium. “It left the beach with its mother sometime either
last night or early this morning.”
Crews from the aquarium – which is also part of the
Marine Mammal Stranding Network – responded to the calls this weekend
and posted signs that told people to keep away. They also took GPS readings
of the baby seal to see whether it had moved or not.
Crews always do some kind of inspection of a stranded mammal’s
health, but nothing too detailed.
“We don’t get very
close on live ones,” Boothe said. “We don’t take measurements
- just approximations of size.”
This seal, like a few others that have shown up recently,
should be left alone.
|Photo Seaside Aquarium
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.
Like any baby, they just need to sleep a lot, and that’s
all they’re doing. Well-meaning members of the public misinterpret
the situation and try to “rescue” them by taking them away.
But that’s the last thing they need.
actually even illegal to approach them.
“In order for this little guy to live, it has to
be left alone,” Boothe said.
Its appearance made quite the splash on this busy stretch
of beach, with Haystack Rock bringing in hundreds over the course of a
a really high profile area,” Boothe said. “With the busy weekend,
there was more people there, and more people giving it a lot of attention.
Usually people are really, really good about staying away once we put
up the signs. Those signs make people aware of the pup and aware that
it’s being monitored.”
Now through the fall is the birthing season for harbor
seals, so more of these adorable creatures will wash up.
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. Another showed up in late April, just
a tad south of Fort Stevens State Park. Another showed up in early May,
also on Cannon Beach, near the Mo’s Restaurant.
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