Edmonds Police say "Leave the seals alone"

Friday, June 24, 2016

Seal on Edmonds waterfront
Photo courtesy Edmonds Police

From the Edmonds Police Department

If you head down to the beach this time of year, you may come across one of these little guys. Baby seals are likely to be up on the beach.

They are cute and sure look cuddly, but do not touch them. In fact, don't mess with them at all. They may look abandoned or even in distress but that's usually not the case. Mommy seal is usually out hunting or somewhere nearby. When she realizes the little fella has had human contact, they often abandon them. As you can imagine, that doesn't end well for the baby seal.

If that isn't enough, it's also against the law. They are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.

If you still feel the need to get up close, realize that marine mammals also carry diseases and bacteria that can be transferred to humans.

If you really think something is wrong with a seal on the beach, let us know 425-775-3000. We work with a group called Seal Sitters who check on them.

Another good, local group to call is the Sno-King Marine Mammal Response at 206-695-2277. You can contact them about any marine mammal.

Updated 06-25-2016


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