Stay Eat Events Weather Beaches

Washington and Oregon Coast: Seal is Famous Again, More Strange Beach Finds

Published 01/19/2019 at 7:39 PM PDT
By Oregon Coast Beach Connection staff

Washington and Oregon Coast: Seal is Famous Again, More Strange Beach Finds

(Oregon Coast) – The Oregon coast and the Washington coast provided plenty of wonders in the last two days, with a bevy of different finds made by the Seaside Aquarium. A seal that went extremely viral on social media last week is famous again, and some fun and even strange finds were made on various beaches lately. (Photos and video Seaside Aquarium).

Latest Coastal Lodging News Alerts
In Seaside:
Includes exclusive listings; major specials now that winter is here
In Cannon Beach:
Includes rentals not listed anywhere else
In Manzanita, Wheeler, Rockaway Beach:
major specials for winter
In Pacific City, Oceanside:
Winter's enticing specials now
In Lincoln City:
Major winter specials now
In Depoe Bay, Gleneden Beach:
major specials this season
In Newport:
Look for many specials
In Waldport
New amenities offered; specials and tempting prices now
In Yachats, Florence
Big deals available; lodgings not listed anywhere else

That seal made famous earlier this month by a video where police officers were disentangling him from a net has wound up making a show for himself again.

Early on Saturday, Tiffany Boothe and other staff from the Seaside Aquarium responded to a call about a Guadalupe fur seal at Long Beach, Washington. It turned out to be the same seal made famous on Monday, January 7, when a video surfaced of him at Ocean Shores, Washington, with officers cutting him loose from ropes of a net. He appeared quite feisty - and bitey – as officers slowly extricated him.

“Luckily Washington police officers were able to cut the fur seal free and the fur seal happily took off back to the ocean,” Boothe said.

Saturday, the creature was still full of vim and vigor, according to aquarium manager Keith Chandler. He’d been seen another time in the last week and a half just south of Ocean Shores, then popped up again to haul out at Long Beach.

“The three-foot juvenile fur seal is headed south and looks to be fat and healthy (minus some superficial wounds from the rope that appear to be healing),” Boothe said. “Good luck little buddy.”

On the Oregon coast itself, things were no less adventurous for the aquarium crew this week. Friday saw some action with a call about large skate which had washed up at the Cove at Seaside. It was indeed big (see the photo below).

“Upon closer examination we were able to determine that the four-foot skate was a female longnose skate (Raja rhina), which had been very close to laying an egg casing (often referred to as a mermaid’s purse),” Boothe said. “The egg casing was about 5 inches long and was still in the process of developing.”

These creatures are common along the Oregon coast, and they appear periodically after storms, along with their egg casings. Seaside Aquarium has often been able to rescue the babies inside and give them a home in the aquarium.

“Longnose skates can reach a maximum size of 4 and a half feet and can live for up to 20-plus years,” Boothe said. “They are bottom feeders, which have adapted a unique way of capturing prey, by pouncing on top of their victims and pinning them to the ocean floor.”

Moon jellies were also still sighted around the north Oregon coast, Boothe said. These have made an impression over recent days, as a large number of them washed up around Cannon Beach. They were also spotted around Newport, Barview and other spots, according to Oregon Coast Beach Connection readers.

But wait, there’s more. Aquarium staff also found part of a skull from a male California sea lion, and the hatched out casing from yet another skate – the black skate. These are smaller than the longnose skate. More photos of these below. Oregon Coast Lodgings in this area - Where to eat - Maps - Virtual Tours

Juvenile Guadalupe Fur Seal Gets Some Rest on the Beach

We responded to a Guadalupe fur seal today who decided hau-lout for some rest. This animal was first seen on Monday, January 7th entangled in rope near Ocean Shores, Washington. Luckily, Washington police officers were able to cut the fur seal free and the fur seal happily took off back to the ocean. The three-foot juvenile fur seal, is headed south and looks to be fat and healthy (minus some superficial wounds from the rope that appear to be healing). Good luck little buddy!

Posted by Seaside Aquarium on Saturday, January 19, 2019



 




More About Oregon Coast hotels, lodging.....

More About Oregon Coast Restaurants, Dining.....

 

Oregon Coast event or adventure you can't miss

 



Coastal Spotlight


LATEST Related Oregon Coast Articles

Fiery Scottish / Irish Christmas Show Comes to South Oregon Coast's Coos Bay
A sizzling blend of Celtic cultures in music happens Dec 16. South coast events
Central Oregon Coast's Florence Holiday Festival Expands, with Gnomes, Lighte...
December 3: new additions to the festival, one starts Black Friday. Florence events
Spectacular Geminid Meteor Showers Coming to Oregon Coast, Washington Coast
Perfect conditions may yield as many as 120 fireballs per hour
South Oregon Coast's Hughes House Christmas Returns to Port Orford
Christmas Tea on Dec 17, 18 - Tours Dec 22, 23 and 26. South coast events
Recreational Crabbing Banned on South Oregon Coast; Commercial Season Delayed
The marine toxin domoic acid is high in crab. Weather
Small Quake Rattles Off South Oregon Coast, 112 Miles from Bandon
It struck off Friday morning, clocking in at a magnitude 4.5. Geology
Get Ready for Wild(ish?) King Tides on Oregon Coast, Washington Coast
First round starts November 24 - 26, and it may or not be big. Weather
Two Little Ghost Towns on S. Oregon Coast Near Bandon: History of Prosper, Ra...
At one time, they were bustling ports, filled with workers, ships

Back to Oregon Coast

Contact Advertise on BeachConnection.net
All Content, unless otherwise attributed, copyright BeachConnection.net Unauthorized use or publication is not permitted

Oregon Coast Lodging
Rentals
Specials

Dining

Events Calendar

Oregon Coast Weather

Travel News

Search for Oregon Coast Subjects, Articles

Virtual Tours, Maps
Deep Details