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Forte's big day on the beach

On the full moon day of Saturday, January 10, 2009, a juvenile seal pup hauled out at high tide and climbed up the tall, concrete steps of the Alki boardwalk to take a nap right under a NOAA sign that asks people to stay a respectful distance away. One smart pup! All week we had fierce storms and flooding. This is the time we think and sometimes worry about the yearling pups who are encountering the first winter of their lives. And what a winter it has been - with three snow storms that have kept us all snowbound, followed by torrential windstorms and rains. No one has seen the likes of this kind of weather here - ever. And we are sure the seal pups are also having a tough time of it.
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