WEST SEATTLE SCENE: Ruckus the elephant seal visits Seola Beach

Thanks to the Seola Beach neighbor who sent that photo of Ruckus the Northern Elephant Seal, resting on a private beach during today’s low tide. The neighbor says he was under watch so curious onlookers could be kept at a distance. As Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network has explained, he might be getting ready to molt; if you see him, keep them updated with a report to 206-905-7325 (905-SEAL).

1 Reply to "WEST SEATTLE SCENE: Ruckus the elephant seal visits Seola Beach"

  • David Hutchinson July 28, 2021 (11:58 am)

    Yesterday Seal Sitters’ volunteers assisted our stranding network partner to the south at their request. Ruckus was in MaST’s territory and several of our volunteers were dispatched to help watch over him.

    Photos we received today from a local resident, clearly show that Ruckus has begun to molt. Just a reminder that elephant seals typically spend an extended period of time on the beach during this process – around 4 weeks. While molting, undisturbed rest is important, so please keep your distance.

    If he is on a beach south of Brace Point, please call the MaST Center Stranding Team at 206-724-2687. For West Seattle beaches north of Brace Point, call the Seal Sitters’ Hotline at 206-905-7325.

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