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No confirmed cause of death for "Alki"

WA Fish and Wildlife biologist reports that there was no significant finding for cause of death for “Alki”. She was “markedly thin” but had a few shrimp and crab parts in her stomach, and small lacerations on her flipper and nose. There was no visible evidence of worms or parasites, though oftentimes parasites are of a microscopic nature. Tissue samples were sent out for further study.

"Alki" dies: reflection in a pup's eyes

     
Seal Sitters is very saddened to report that the little pup nicknamed “Alki” died Thursday morning at Jack Block Park. With the authorization of Port of Seattle authorities and NOAA, our volunteer recovered the body from a somewhat inaccessible beach in order that a necropsy be performed by Fish and Wildlife. Alki was a weaned female, age 1-3 months. Seal Sitter volunteers watched over Alki day and night in a monumental effort to protect her from harm. We would like to thank J.D. of Port of Seattle for her assistance with the retrieval of Alki’s body for necropsy.

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...”
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Club Med for seals

     
Alki and Bailey have been enjoying a very relaxing extended stay at their exclusive West Seattle beach ~ they swim a little, bask a little, swim a little, bask a little. The two seal pups have been coming and going all day and evening today, keeping Seal Sitters on their toes moving tape and cones. All in all, a very healthy sign that the pups are gaining strength from their long beach siestas. Alki (shown at left) is looking stronger every day and is easily identified by a little nick on his nose.

So, how do we identify the pups to keep track of their haulout patterns and health? Read More...

Alki and Bailey back for an extended snooze

     
Alki and Bailey both returned to our shores today. Bailey hauled out in the morning and then again late in the afternoon. Bailey returned to the water around 7 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.

Another busy day of pups on the beach

     
Seal Sitters had another long day today as two pups hauled out in a very busy location. New volunteers gained experience educating the public and onlookers were excited and respectful. All in all, it was a good day for the pups who enjoyed many hours of much-needed rest on a sunny fall day. The very healthy and alert pup shown here was dubbed “Doc Bailey” by a young girl. The second pup named Alki by a young onlooker was quite thin and not as alert as we would hope. Photos are being analyzed to assess the health of the pup who returned to the water late afternoon. “Bailey” returned to the Sound about 6:15 pm.
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