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Marine Mammals on Local Beaches

Learn about Seaside’s Beach

Have you ever wondered how tides work, if any creatures live on Seaside’s beach, or what, exactly is a rip current? Seaside’s Discovery Program Marine Mammals on Local Beaches has shared information about sandy beaches and estuaries in an informal setting since 1995. For 17 years, visitors have been encouraged to touch mole crabs and live sand dollars, look at sand structures and diatoms under microscopes, collect magnetic particles from sand, and ask lots of questions about how the coastal ecosystem works. This year, the program focuses solely on open sandy beaches. Drop in and take a quick look or spend the afternoon. Bring your curiosity and your questions.

When: Saturdays and Sundays in July and August.
10:30 to 3:30, weather permitting.
Where: On the beach at 2nd Avenue, in front of the Seaside Aquarium.



Drexler Turns 29

May, June -- The Schedule’s FULL of Harbor Seal Birthdays!

All of the harbor seals born at the Seaside Aquarium have May and June birthdays. Coincidence? No! Eastern Pacific Harbor seals (Phoca vitulina richardii) usually give birth between March and September, with most pups being born between May and mid-July. In the Aquarium, that means a lot of birthdays in two months: from Frankie, who celebrated her first birthday on June 7, to Drexler, who became a whopping TWENTY-NINE on June 29 (the average lifespan for a male is 12-15 years in the wild).

Harbor seals born at the Seaside Aquarium generally live longer than those in the wild because they have a consistent food supply and no predators. As harbor seals grow older, they develop cataracts in their eyes. This makes it more difficult to catch fish or see potential predators. In the Aquarium, anyone with cataracts who has trouble catching fish from the public is fed extra as necessary. Drexler, who is now almost completely blind, receives a private meal each day.

We’ve been announcing individual birthdays on Facebook as they occur, so here we’ll just say: Happy Birthday to Drex (age 29), Greta (age 16) , Scully (age 14) , Cosmo (age 13) , Lewis (age 9), Reagan (age 8), Vivian (age 6), Shireen (age 6), and Frankie (age 1)!



Seal Pup Resting

The Beach is Their Home

Because of the March- September birthing season, spring and summer are the most common times for harbor seal pup sightings on beaches. Mother seals leave pups on shore while they hunt for food. The mother can be gone up to twenty-four hours. Often, a mother will not approach her pup if humans are nearby. The pup’s best chance of survival is to reunite with its mother.

If you find a pup or other marine mammal stranded on the beach, call the Seaside Aquarium at (503) 738-6211 so we can post signs to let others know to leave the animal alone.

Marine Mammal Stranded Network Volunteer
 

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