Seal Sitter training set for Saturday in Edmonds

A baby seal enjoys the sun at Olympic Beach in 2011.

A baby seal enjoys the sun at Olympic Beach in 2011.

Want to help protect baby harbor seals who take a rest on the Edmonds waterfront? Become trained as an Edmonds Seal Sitter volunteer this Saturday, Aug. 30 at 11 a.m., Room 206, Frances Anderson Center, 700 Main St.

Attendees will spend one-and-a-half hours in the classroom, then move to the Edmonds waterfront to do a seal sit drill on the beach. All ages are welcome as volunteers, though children must at all times be accompanied by a guardian when they are seal sitting. “Volunteers should be comfortable conversing with the public and be prepared, of course, to spend time outdoors in various kinds of weather,” said organizer Susan Morrow.

The Edmonds Seal Sitter group is part of the NOAA Marine Mammal Stranding Network, which works to protect marine mammals that “haul-out” on the Edmonds shoreline, Morrow said. “Most of the animals we work with are baby harbor seals (‘pups’) and we assist by keeping people at a safe distance and offering public education,” she added

A $5 contribution per volunteer is requested to cover the cost of an ID badge for trained Seal Sitters.

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