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media coverage

Seal Sitters featured on KCTS tv channel and website

A documentary segment on Seal Sitters, filmed last fall, is currently featured in KCTS-9’s email campaign and is airing this week on the PBS program PIE. Environmental filmmakers Katie Campbell and Michael Werner covered our story of 2012’s higher than usual mortality rate of seal pups on West Seattle’s beaches and features volunteers looking after seal pup Lucy at Lincoln Park.

You can view the segment here. West Seattle music group Caspar Babypants is also featured on PIE’s programming. PIE’s airtime on Channel 9 is Thursday 7pm & 11pm, Sunday 5pm, Monday 9pm (times may vary).

PBS segment features Seal Sitters and seal pups

A documentary film team from KCTS-9 recently completed a segment on Seal Sitters. Environmental journalist Katie Campbell and videographer Michael Werner interviewed co-founders Brenda Peterson and Robin Lindsey and 11-year old volunteer Etienne, who has been a Seal Sitter since 2nd grade. They filmed volunteers as they protected Lucy and other seal pups.

The story was prompted by our late October report of a West Seattle seal pupping season with emaciated pups and a higher than usual mortality rate for our area (we are happy to say that we ended the year with a wave of chubbier pups). The segment will be airing on PBS, but the audio has already aired on NPR's KUOW and other radio stations. The embedded video shown here is also posted on KCTS 9's website along with the script and photos. Many thanks to Katie and Michael for helping to spread the word that, like all wild animals, seal pups are in a daily struggle to survive and need to be able to rest on shore undisturbed.

Seal pups get national media coverage

Seal Sitters and our bumper crop of seal pups are receiving national attention thanks to a feature story by Associated Press. The story which was released yesterday has been picked up on websites nationwide. People in Philadelphia, Boston, Denver, Atlanta, San Francisco and in smaller communities across the US are reading about seal pup Sly and his friends. Many thanks to writer Phuong Le and photographer Elaine Thompson for such a great story! Read the article here.
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