In late winter and early spring resident gray and harbor seals give birth. As a result, chances of encountering a mother and pup or a lone pup on a local beach increase. NOAA Fisheries reminds the public to respect wildlife by maintaining a safe distance of at least 150 feet from seals.
“A mother seal may just be off feeding, when someone comes across a seal pup on the beach,” said Mendy Garrron, marine mammal stranding program coordinator, NOAA Fisheries. “The best thing you can do if you want to help is keep away from the animal and keep your pets away from it, so the mother has a chance to return.”