The Oregon Seal Oregon Department of Fish and Wildlife  
 » ODFW Home    » 2011 News Releases
News Releases
2018 Releases | 2017 Releases | 2016 Releases | 2015 Releases | 2014 Releases | 2013 Releases | 2012 Releases | 2011 Releases | 2010 Releases
facebook twitter youtube rss feed
emailReceive News Release Updates by E-mail Media Contacts

Beach visitors: Keep away from seals and sea lions
April 26, 2011


GOLD BEACH, Ore. – Spring is Pacific harbor seal pupping season on the Oregon coast. Visitors should stay away from seals and sea lions resting on rocks or beaches.

“Harbor seals are having their pups now, and often the mother will leave her pup for a short time on shoreline rocks or the beach while she heads out to sea to feed,” said ODFW Marine Biologist Susan Reimer. “It’s best for the pup to leave it alone – human activity around it can discourage the female from returning to feed and care for her pup.”

Other marine mammals can also be seen this time of year. California sea lions are migrating south to breed for the summer, stopping to rest on Oregon beaches. Elephant seals are in the molting stage right now and though they may look sick, molting is a natural process.

Seals and California sea lions use beaches as a resting spot when feeling tired or ill and should be left alone. People should not approach them, or try to feed or help them. It’s important to keep dogs away as well.

If you see a marine animal that is obviously injured or very sick, do not approach or disturb it but call the OSU Marine Mammal Stranding Hotline at 541-270-6830.



Michelle Dennehy (503) 947-6022
Fax: (541) 673-0372

facebook twitter youtube rss feed



About Us | Fishing | Hunting | Wildlife Viewing | License / Regs | Conservation | Living with Wildlife | ODFW Outdoors

ODFW Home | Driving Directions | Employee Directory | Social Media | | File Formats | Employee Webmail | ODFW License Agents

4034 Fairview Industrial Drive SE   ::   Salem, OR 97302   ::    Main Phone (503) 947-6000 or (800) 720-ODFW [6339]

Do you have a question or comment for ODFW? Contact ODFW's Public Service Representative at:
Share your opinion or comments on a Fish and Wildlife Commission issue at

   © ODFW. All rights reserved. This page was last updated: 04/26/2011 3:03 PM