Doug Parrott took photographs of a harbor seal rescue attempt at Brackett’s Landing Thursday morning, and provided us with a summary below:
This morning (9/24/15) I went to Bracketts Landing to take some scenic photos. When I arrived the Edmonds police were there, along with the Edmonds Seal Sitters. Apparently there was an an injured Harbor Seal that appeared to be attempting to beach itself; too many people in the area, not intentionally, were preventing that from happening.
The police and seal sitters cleared the beach so the seal could land. The police notified wildlife personnel (the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, or NOAA — and a veterinarian) for advice and assistance. The wildlife personnel arrived and, with the police, began assessing the situation to figure out a seal rescue attempt.
The local fire department was contacted and they sent out a rescue boat to assist in the attempt. The rescue boat, along with the veterinarian and the NOAA personnel, made several attempts to rescue the seal but every time the seal was approached it would dive and vanish.
After several attempts, the harbor seal couldn’t be relocated and the search ended.
I was very impressed with the local authorities’ attempt to rescue this injured animal. I was also impressed with the local citizens who were very respectful of the situation and did not attempt to approach the animal when it was close to shore. They also kept a respectful distance from the team attempting the rescue.
Here’s hoping the seal survives, and a big thank you to all those involved in the rescue attempt.
— Doug Parrott
Editor’s note: NOAA says that any additional sightings of the seal can be reported to the NOAA hotline at 1-866-767-6114.