Morgan's Brain

Feb. 2, 2009 at 12:01pm

See Sea Life in Tacoma

I took this recently down on the waterfront near the Harbor Lights restaurant. It's a sleeping baby seal just a few feet away from the sidewalk. In 26 years, I have never seen anything like this in Tacoma- and this was the second time in a month. I'm not sure if something happened to the water quality during the recent flooding, but I was a little concerned.

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by izenmania on 2/2/2009 @ 11:30am
It's actually a normal thing, not water-quality related. From a KING 5 article on the subject:

"[Central Puget Sound Marine Mammal Stranding Network] says it's normal for seal pups to be left alone on the beach while their mother searches for food. It doesn't mean they're abandoned. "

If anything, I'd see it as a positive sign because seals in places you haven't seen them before probably means that there is more seal activity in the area overall.

by morgan on 2/2/2009 @ 12:20pm
Thanks for the update,izenmania. You would think they would pick a nice remote place on Vashon though. There must be something about Harbor Lights they like.

by Erik on 2/2/2009 @ 12:25pm
Nice shot.

I remember long ago there was a ship wreck right by the restaurant that sat for a couple of days.

by thriceallamerican on 2/2/2009 @ 12:56pm
There must be something about Harbor Lights they like.

Strong drinks?

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 2/2/2009 @ 1:16pm
I've already seen 6 seals at this location, this must be the prophesied Seventh Seal.

by L.S.Erhardt on 2/2/2009 @ 3:38pm
If there aren't gulls pecking at it, I wouldn't worry.

Reminds me of a couple years ago when a friend and I saw a few sea lions playing off of Owen Beach.

by Mofo from the Hood on 2/2/2009 @ 9:44pm
They like it when you scratch 'em behind their ears.

by NineInchNachos on 2/2/2009 @ 10:14pm
don't touch them! That's how folks get aids.

besides they don't have external ears.
What you suggest sir is very amusing to contemplate.

by Angela Jossy on 2/2/2009 @ 10:21pm
Crenshaw Sepulveda: Seventh seal. hehehe

by Heather on 2/3/2009 @ 11:26am
Puget Creek Restoration Society and the Washington Dept of Fish and Wildlife have been monitoring the seals that are on the beach, to make sure that they aren't sick or in need of assistance. If you see a seal that you are worried about because it looks sick or hurt, please don't bother it; you can call WDFW or PCRS (253) 779-8890 or e-mail to make sure that they are aware of and monitoring its presence.

PLEASE keep dog(s) away from seals. Dogs and cats can pass on diseases to seals that can then spread through the seal and sea lion community down the whole west coast.

Honestly, I was worried about water quality also when the harbor seals and an ELEPHANT SEAL (!!) showed up along Ruston Way in the span of a few weeks. But I've been told that the seals may be setting up new colonies in our area which would point to them liking it around here. If I were them, though, I think I'd go for Vashon.

by Crenshaw Sepulveda on 2/3/2009 @ 11:49am
The Elephant Seal is part of the Grand Cinema's new logo.

by fredo on 2/3/2009 @ 12:57pm
It's Seabert!