West Seattle wildlife: Seal Sitters’ record-breaking 50-pup year

December 22, 2011 at 8:52 pm | In How to help, West Seattle news, Wildlife | 4 Comments

Seal SittersRobin Lindsey shares that online “card” as holiday greetings for you, as the all-volunteer organization wraps up a year to remember with this report:

As 2011 comes to an close, Seal Sitters would like to thank the West Seattle community and WS Blog for your continued support. This has been a record-breaking year for us. Our hotline has fielded 618 calls from all over the Puget Sound region since the harbor-seal pupping season began in late June. Since early August, our West Seattle volunteers alone have logged over 140 responses to seal pups, looking after 50 different pups – a number of whom hauled out repeatedly for many days in a row. And our Sno-King volunteers responded to numerous marine mammals from the Seattle waterfront as far north as Tulalip. We distributed more than 5,000 Share the Shore informational brochures at street fairs, outreach events and on the beach.

Seal Sitters has a binding agreement with NOAA to respond to marine mammals from Brace Point (south of the Fauntleroy ferry dock) to Kayak Point (north of Everett in Snohomish County), donating thousands of volunteer hours each year to this effort. It is truly a labor of love, but we depend on contributions to meet ongoing operating expenses, including the dedicated hotline, supplies, educational materials, website and blog. If you’d like to support our work, a tax-deductible donation can be made online. For volunteer opportunities or to comment, please e-mail us – we appreciate your feedback.

We’ve enjoyed talking with so many of you along the beaches this year and send wishes for a happy holiday season. Seal pups continue to use the shoreline (we had a pup just this morning) and will do so throughout the winter months, so please give the hotline a call @ 206-905-7325 (SEAL) if you spot a marine mammal on the beach. Spanky, Sly and the seal-pup gang thank you for giving them some space to rest and warm up!

While Seal Sitters’ main website is at sealsitters.org, you’ll find their updates – “news from the beach” – at blubberblog.org, often including Robin’s beautiful photos and video, and in fact, Robin has an update there about today’s visitor, now nicknamed Frosty.

4 Comments

  1. A big THANK YOU to Seal Sitters for a great job protecting the seals. And a reminder for everyone to keep their canine pups far, far away from the seal pups.

    Comment by Sonoma — 9:51 pm December 22, 2011 #

  2. I’m echoing Sonoma’s comment on how wonderful a big job the many Seal Sitter volunteers do for these vulnerable seal pups. And – a big shout out to my dad who is a volunteer who fields many of those calls.
    Kudos & Congrats!
    Elizabeth Carpenter

    Comment by Elizabeth Carpener — 11:55 pm December 22, 2011 #

  3. Thank you to all you wonderful humans who work so hard taking calls, who sit in all types of weather (for long periods of time), and take on all tasks necessary to care for the pups. You are very appreciated!

    Comment by seewhatsealionsstart — 6:35 am December 23, 2011 #

  4. Thank you Seal Sitters! So proud of and thankful for all that you do to protect our precious wildlife!

    Comment by DM — 1:23 pm December 23, 2011 #

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