Sep/26/09 12:07 PM
SS photographer Robin has posted her thoughts regarding this precious seal pup’s life and death:
“Upon examination, when Dyanna told me she could be only a month old, I was shocked. Even though I knew a pup could be weaned at 4 weeks and she was quite small, I was just taken aback. With Alki’s body in my car, I had cried virtually all the way down to Tacoma thinking if only we had been able to save her. After Dyanna's comment, I cried most of the way back home, thinking we probably could not have saved her, but humanity could have served her better...”
Sep/22/09 08:26 PM
So, how do we identify the pups to keep track of their haulout patterns and health? Read More...
Sep/21/09 08:55 PM
Much to the relief of Seal Sitters, Alki looked much better than yesterday and returned for a very long snooze. Weaned pups have a very tough time of it. Fish are hard for young pups to catch and, as a result of low body weight, they become more vulnerable to parasites and viruses. Here we see Alki stretching in the sun soon after hauling out this afternoon, safely cordoned off by Seal Sitters. The posture exhibited here by Alki is an excellent indication of improved health. As of 9 pm he is still resting comfortably ~ watched over, of course, by our volunteers. And special thanks to Dan and his Parks team for their help today.
Sep/20/09 09:15 PM
Sep/18/09 11:04 PM
Though perfectly camouflaged by gravel and beach rocks, the pup still drew big, curious crowds. Seal Sitters were called and 8 new volunteers from our July training showed up for their first night of pup-sitting. New Seal Sitters were thrilled at this opportunity to watch over a wild animal sharing our beach.
Sep/16/09 05:28 AM
Yesterday we had a pup (shown above) resting comfortably on the beach access steps just south of Cactus. It was a beautiful fall day and gave SS volunteers an opportunity to educate onlookers about the world of seal pups. Jora T., the daughter of a Seal Sitter trainee, observed the pup for some time and named him “Claree.” He was somewhat thin with a small wound on his flipper, but otherwise looked quite healthy and was very alert and aware of the public around him. The pup returned to the water around 7:30 last night.
Please be aware as you walk and let us know if you spot any little blubberballs on the beach. Thanks to the very alert citizen who called in a report of this pup!
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