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Baby Seals are very cute. Stay at least 150 feet away. Watch them with binoculars!

Seal Pup
Jim Rice, OSU photo

It just so happens that the Oregon Coast is in the midst of sea pups being born on the beach, around rocks and just about anywhere a mama seal can find a good spot for her to come back to with a sack full of milk for her baby.

Unfortunately too many city slickers and otherwise clueless visitors to our Oregon Coast think that any sea pup in a beach environment is an orphan. Nine times out of ten, it’s NOT an orphan. Mom is just out gathering groceries from the ocean to bring ashore and then dine with her baby.

The message here is that mid-May is prime birthing time and seal pups are placed in crannies, under brush, down in between rocks, etc. If anyone sees these new additions to our aquatic environment LEAVE THEM ALONE. If a mama seal comes back from grocery shopping and sees a crowd around her baby, or if mom smells the scent of human hands on her child, there’s a high probability that she’ll abandon her baby.

So, if you’re walking along the beach and spot a baby seal up ahead STAY AWAY FROM IT. Walk WAAAAY AROUND IT knowing that you’ve just saved a baby seal’s life. 150 feet away is a good distance. And if you have your dog with you, make sure it’s on a VERY SHORT LEASH. Baby seals have only so much time to get mom’s milk and then head for the water to begin its own life.

By the way, the federal Marine Mammal Protection Act forbids human contact with baby seals. Violations come with large fines. A good strategy to see the baby sea lions up close is to bring binoculars and view the babies from a distance.

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