Harbor seal pup season is upon us!The young animals haven't learned to be wary of us yet, so the pup may just look at you with its big brown eyes…
It's that time of year when you might be walking along an Edmonds beach and find yourself face-to-face with a furry, wide-eyed, adorable baby harbor seal (we call the young ones "pups).
The mother seals are giving birth in our part of the Puget Sound right now, and every day the pups will come ashore to rest and warm up while their mothers are off fishing.
The young animals haven't learned to be wary of us yet, so the pup may just look at you with its big brown eyes…
PLEASE do not feed them, pet them, pour water on them, move them back into the water or take them home and put them in your bath tub for "their protection!" (Sadly, people have been known to do all these things.)
Stay back at least 50 feet and call the Edmonds Seal Sitters volunteer group at 425-327-3336.
We will come down to the beach, assess the pup's health and then "sit" with it, answering questions and keeping folks from getting too close to the animal. Even the young seal pups can carry a variety of nasty germs and parasites, and they can bite you.
Also, if the mother seal offshore sees too much commotion around her pup, she may abandon it.
THANK YOU for helping look after these great little seal pups!
Edmonds Seal Sitters