SHARE THE SHORE: Why these reminders are up along Alki

The photo and reminder are from David Hutchinson of Seal Sitters:

Seal Sitters’ “Shore the Shore” banners have recently been installed by Seattle Parks & Recreation along a section of Alki Avenue. Just a reminder that we are now entering what traditionally has been the busiest months for harbor seal pups to rest and warm up on West Seattle beaches. For those of you who have recently moved to this area, Seal Sitters is part of NOAA’s West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network. We respond to reports of any marine mammal, alive or dead, on the beaches of West Seattle from Brace Point through the Duwamish River, including Harbor Island.

If you come across a marine mammal on our local beaches, please keep back, keep people and pets away, and call Seal Sitters’ hotline at 206-905-7325.

You can also remember that number as 206-905-SEAL.

7 Replies to "SHARE THE SHORE: Why these reminders are up along Alki"

  • Guy Olson September 21, 2017 (10:35 am)

    Thank you for writing this!! I see so many people with unleashed dogs on Alki. Hopefully this helps.

    • Victoria September 21, 2017 (1:57 pm)

      It won’t, there is a blatant disregard for lease( and scoop) laws in west Seattle. 

  • Nativeson September 21, 2017 (3:04 pm)

    Was walking this morning. Noticed a guy with 2 unleashed dogs. Watched as BOTH of them pooped on the beach. He just stood there and watched,no attempt to pick it up. This was across from 55th. I agree with Victoria. Too many dog owners DO NOT CARE. Problem is also that the city does not care either. On more than one occasion I’ve watched spd cruise by slowly while looking out over the beach. There’s NO WAY they don’t see the off leash dogs. Their reaction? continue cruising by slowly. Dog catchers? non existant. Park’s worker’s? see them a lot on the beach in the morning’s. They won’t say a word to the people with off leash dog’s.

  • BettytheYeti September 21, 2017 (3:05 pm)

    Leash laws aren’t EVEN enforced at the high profile and easily accessed ALKI swim beach!  Every scofflaw with a dog off leash is a teachable moment. I have only expressed my vitriol when there are seal pups on the beach.

  • Arlene Roth September 21, 2017 (7:43 pm)

    CALL ANIMAL CONTROL and if possible, snap a picture. Also if possible, see if you can get the scofflaws’ license number – it can be tricky.  But at least call 206-386-7387.

    And if you see an off-leash dog and a cop in the vicinity, speak to the cop.

  • Kersti E muul September 22, 2017 (8:36 am)

    Be careful with off leashers, they are some of the most aggressive people I encounter. I photograph them but sometimes it gets hairy. I know that seal sitters has had aggressive altercations as well. 

  • Kersti E muul September 22, 2017 (9:54 am)

    Parks did just create two dog patrol positions, unfortunately they are for all of Seattle parks

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