Lummi Island is quiet, intimate, and uniquely accessible near Bellingham, Washington. A short ferry crossing reveals a vibrant artist community, legendary dining, and stunning vistas of the Salish Sea.
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Seal pups are out of the water for a reason; they thermoregulate on their own. They do not have a thick blubber layer and cannot keep up with mom while she forages. So they remain on shore where mom parks them while she is out foraging. They look helpless and pathetic when they cry on shore, but they are actually not as distressed as they look. They are just like any other baby: they cry when left alone.
You are too close if an animal starts to stare, fidget, or flee.
Enjoy watching marine wildlife in a safe responsible way. Keep your distance. You are too close if an animal starts to stare, fidget, or flee. If you get too close, mother seals will abandon their pups. it is illegal to get within 100 yards of any marine mammal.
Contact the Wildlife Center if you see a marine mammal in distress or deceased: (360) 966-8845 (all wildlife) or Victoria Souze at (360) 739-6713, or lead responder for Lummi Island Kelsey McLane at (360) 927-1348.
Thanks from the Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network!