Complaints of Boaters, Kayakers, and Others harassing seals were received by NOAA and Officer Miller came down to investigate. He saw we have the sign at the top of the Community Dock stating the Seal are protected mammals. NOAA's website states "All seals and sea lions are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act, and some are also listed under the Endangered Species Act. " He asked that we remind the community of this.
Viewing Guidelines are here. Remember:
When viewing wildlife at sea, all boats, jet skis, paddle-boards, kayaks, and other watercraft should maintain appropriate
distances from marine mammals. For seals and sea lions in the water, or on shore, remain at least 50 yards away—about 1/2 a football field. This includes people and pets. Obviously our marina is closer, but marina boaters know to back out slowly and give the seal as much space as possible, and return to the marina at an equally slow speed, minimizing impact. And this is a reminder if any of them have forgotten. Kayakers need to watch their distance also.
*Do not feed, or attempt to feed, any marine mammals. It’s harmful and illegal.
*Do not swim with, ride, pet, touch, or attempt to interact with marine mammals or sea turtles in the wild.
If you see strangers near our log boom, let them know they need to stay back. If you can write down their WN number on their boat, that would be great!