(Photo by Christopher Boffoli)
ORIGINAL 5:03 PM REPORT: We’ve just received multiple reports (thank you!) that Seal Sitters are guarding a pup at Lincoln Park. If you happen to see it, please keep far, far away (binoculars can facilitate viewing from a safe distance) – the Seal Sitters’ blubberblog site is full of good reasons why, like this story about a pup forced back into the water at Alki on Friday because people wouldn’t steer clear, and this one about a pup scared back into the water at Lincoln Park a few days earlier. As Seal Sitters pointed out in that second story, if the pup wasn’t weaned and its mom couldn’t find it in the water, it would die. If you see a seal (of any age) on a West Seattle beach, call 206-905-SEAL as soon as you can.
ADDED 10:25 PM: In addition to the photo we added above, Christopher Boffoli also shares video – don’t worry, NOT shot from as close as it looks!
MONDAY MORNING P.S. We are reminded that for anyone who considers disregarding the Seal Sitters – harassing seals is against federal law, period, and you don’t have to take their word for it – here’s a reminder from the source. And there’s now an update on this pup, posted on the Seal Sitters’ “blubberblog” – they’ve nicknamed it Storm because of yesterday’s playoff game. MONDAY NIGHT: Storm’s now being helped by PAWS – and Seal Sitters are dealing with a new pup at Lincoln Park, nicknamed Swimmy. Here’s the Seal Sitters’ blubberblog update.