FROM SEAL SITTERS: Taffy in rehab; invitation for new volunteers

Two notes from Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network tonight.

(Photo by David Hutchinson – taken last Friday at very-long-lens distance)

First, harbor-seal pup Taffy, who we’ve told you about before, is now in rehab. From Seal Sitters’ Robin Lindsey:

Early Saturday morning we were finally able to capture seal pup Taffy, whose health issues were a growing concern, especially because of the potentially dangerous location of her chosen stretch of beach at Alki. After coming ashore almost every day for over a month (with the exception of a couple of weekends when the beach was so busy with activity), her health had begun to take a downturn. Thankfully, she started out as a quite robust, older and wiser seal pup, now estimated to be 8 or 9 months old. …

Thanks to the public for being tolerant of a semi-permanent tape closure of the small grass area along the sea wall, right above her favorite little nook. Because she was so wary and skittish, she was often scared back into Puget Sound by people standing too close above her. Even with the tape buffer zone, Taffy could not get undisrupted rest. It’s tough for wildlife to find quiet spots to rest and forage in urban areas.

Taffy spent the weekend being stabilized and treated at PAWS.

Robin was awaiting an update on Taffy’s injuries and possible infection and plans to update Blubberblog here.

Meantime, want to volunteer with Seal Sitters? Here’s your next chance to jump in!

Seal Sitters will be holding our volunteer training/Spring Session on Saturday morning, May 13th – RSVP is required to ensure seating.

For details about the training and to learn more about Seal Sitters and NOAA West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network, please visit our website.

(Photo by Robin Lindsey)

The photo above shows volunteer Sarah, who enthusiastically protected Taffy and educated the public – even in the cold rain. We are always in need of additional great, reliable volunteers!

7 Replies to "FROM SEAL SITTERS: Taffy in rehab; invitation for new volunteers"

  • Erithan May 2, 2017 (7:57 pm)

    I’m so glad to hear she’s getting some help, get well soon Taffy!

  • Atomicoven May 2, 2017 (8:18 pm)

    You all are just the most wonderful people; my admiration goes out for the job you do. 

  • onshore admirer May 2, 2017 (8:25 pm)

    Dear Taffy,

    You have a slew of humans working to insure you get healthy enough to return to our local waters where you’ll hopefully thrive.  Rest up, eat well, sleep and know that we’re all hoping things are two flippers up ASAP.

    An onshore admirer

  • mehud7 May 2, 2017 (9:05 pm)

    Thank you for your perseverance in getting Taffy the help she needed!  Thank you also to all the people who were respectful of the tape boundary set to help protect Taffy.

  • newnative May 2, 2017 (9:07 pm)

    I was thinking of Taffy during the low low tide, glad she is fighting. 

  • wb May 2, 2017 (10:36 pm)

    Go Taffy!

  • Pedro May 3, 2017 (7:21 am)

     A big THANK YOU to all the seal sitters. Its a great reminder that we have such wonderful, caring people in West Seattle.



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