Rainy day rest for seal pup Sweet Pea
Nov/29/12 05:34 AM
It is a testament to how much Sweet Pea desperately needed rest that she would eventually settle in for a long snooze on a very rainy day, even with people much too close. Occasionally, the pup would lift her head to take a look at her admirers, then settle back down on her colorful bed of sea lettuce and kelp. Like almost all weaner pups facing winter’s challenges, Sweet Pea appears to have a bit of respiratory issues, but she has reasonably good body weight which should help bolster her immune system.
Sweet Pea was still sleeping on the beach when the Seal Sitters team left Lincoln Park at dark. The approaching darkness seemed to bring out the off leash dog people. Four folks had to be asked to put their dogs on a leash (as did several others throughout the day). One woman, coming down from the Lowman Beach end of the Park, had 3 large dogs off leash on the beach. When a volunteer informed her of the resting seal pup, the owner had difficulty controlling her dogs. Fortunately, Seal Sitters interrupted her early and she got them turned around and headed back the other direction, dogs still off leash and still on the beach - against the law in all Seattle Parks. Off leash dogs continue to be a huge problem and real danger for all wildlife. Earlier this year, a seal pup was killed by an off leash Golden Retriever on a Puget Sound beach. The seal pup’s backbone and spinal cord were severed, organs lacerated and the pup died a terrifying and agonizing death. Recently, one of the resident geese at Lincoln Park was attacked - thankfully, the goose survived, but residents and responsible dog owners are outraged.
Volunteers will be checking the beach at Lincoln Park for Sweet Pea at first light this morning. As always, if you see a seal on the beach, call the Seal Sitters hotline @ 206-905-7325 (SEAL). Thanks to our volunteers who spent many hours in the rain today and to scheduler Nancy who coordinated their shifts!
Pupdate 11/29/12 9am
Sweet Pea was not on the beach at first light this morning. However, there WAS an off leash dog running and barking along the beach.