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As environmental regulations boost seal populations in New England – great whites return as well

This week, several great white sharks were spotted off the coast of Chatham, Mass., and two more near Cape Cod were swimming just 30 feet from the shore. One of the sharks was measured at 12 to 15 feet.

The summer months induce a chain reaction for shark sightings: Warm ocean temperatures entice more gray seals to the New England shores, and with more seals come more sharks.

The sharks have been paying more attention to New England the past few years because of the larger concentrations of gray seals, Massachusetts Division of Marine Fisheries Researcher Greg Skomal said. The gray seal population off Cape Cod has grown from 10,000 to over 300,000 ever since environmental regulations were put in place to protect the seals.

The United States averages 16 shark attacks each year, with only one fatality every two years. According to the International Shark Attack File, you have a higher chance of being struck by lightning, which kills about 41 people a year.

Zimmerman said there hasn’t been a confirmed shark attack in Massachusetts since 1936.

 

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SeaWorld Rescue returns 2 more seals to the wild – that’s 88 this year!

A pair of male fur seals rescued and nursed back to health by SeaWorld San Diego’s animal care team was returned to the ocean. Both animals were rescued in May emaciated, malnourished and dehydrated. The first of these mammals, a Guadalupe fur seal, was rescued off Imperial Beach weighing almost 15.5 pounds May 13, 2012. The other, a hybrid (mixed breed species), was rescued May 29 with a swollen rear flipper and weighing 16.5 pounds. SeaWorld veterinarians were able to treat the bulging flipper with antibiotics.

 

 

The estimated 1- and 2-year-old juveniles returned to the sea weighing 42 and 23 pounds respectively. SeaWorld animal care specialists and veterinarians treated the animals with hydration fluids and a nutrient-rich diet of capelin, sardines and herring. The seals are now healthy and able to forage for food on their own.

Research scientists from Hubbs-SeaWorld Research Institute outfitted each seal with a satellite transmitter. Scientists hope to track the animals’ movements at sea to learn more about where the species travels in the ocean along with perhaps why. The transmitters will likely dislodge from the fur seals when they molt in about two months. An adult male fur seal can grow to 6 feet and weigh up to 350 pounds, while females reach 4.5 feet and weigh up to 100 pounds.

 

ViaInside SeaWorld

 

“So far this year, SeaWorld’s Animal Rescue and Rehabilitation Program has saved 88 marine mammals.” - Eight Sea Lions Returned to the Wild

Hoots and Shakas – trailer for the San Diego Surf Film Festival

Don’t get scared – the shouting is called a “hoot” and the thumb/pinky salute is called a “shaka” - and that was the theme for the 2012 San Diego Surf Film Festival, Hoots and Shakas.

Amy and I attended the festival and had a blast (you can see us at 0:37 in the video). We met all sorts of people, including the maker of this video Michael Emery (his company).

It was multiple days of stoke in the water (check out the seal waving to Michael) and in Bird’s Surf Shed watching surf films.

Enjoy the video – Steve

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San Diego's Seal Harbor first pup of 2012 – a 2-day old seal puppy

Provided with love and nurturing from his Mommy, premature puppy “Baby Miracle” continues to thrive on the second day after his birth.

Born sometime during the night one day ago, Baby Miracle, premature and an estimated 10 pounds under the average birth weight of a healthy Harbor Seal puppy, is none the less, the first live birth of the Casa Beach Harbor Seal Pupping Season.

Several long days lie ahead for this little puppy, if not more so, due to his low birth weight and under development wherein he will receive only 3 sips of milk from his Mommy every 4 hours until the arrival of his first bowel movement two days from now.

On occasion during this interval, his own Mommy will need to resort to seemingly abusive behavior in order to keep her little puppy stimulated enough from falling asleep too deeply and never waking up again.

For more photos and videos visit Save San Diego Seals

San Diego’s Seal Harbor first pup of 2012 – a 2-day old seal puppy

Provided with love and nurturing from his Mommy, premature puppy “Baby Miracle” continues to thrive on the second day after his birth.

Born sometime during the night one day ago, Baby Miracle, premature and an estimated 10 pounds under the average birth weight of a healthy Harbor Seal puppy, is none the less, the first live birth of the Casa Beach Harbor Seal Pupping Season.

Several long days lie ahead for this little puppy, if not more so, due to his low birth weight and under development wherein he will receive only 3 sips of milk from his Mommy every 4 hours until the arrival of his first bowel movement two days from now.

On occasion during this interval, his own Mommy will need to resort to seemingly abusive behavior in order to keep her little puppy stimulated enough from falling asleep too deeply and never waking up again.

For more photos and videos visit Save San Diego Seals

Paddle 2 Live – Wednesday Workouts – 4 mile paddle

Have you ever left the shore? Gone beyond the surf into the open ocean? On a 10-foot foam board?

To many it’s a Wednesday ritual where they paddle 4 miles out to the RS4 Bell Buoy.

Seals love the buoy.

For others (like me) it’s a panic attack waiting to happen with images of sharks, storms, barracudas, and 100 foot waves. Not to mention the stamina needed to paddle 4 miles in the open ocean. Is that like running 4 miles?

I’m still gonna do it though. What is life without adventure, you know.

Here are the details.

Paddle 2 Live – Wednesday Workouts

Wednesdays · 6:30am – 8:30am

Newport Beach Pier (Blackies next to the dory launch)
2122 West Oceanfront
Newport Beach, CA 92663

Every Wednesday morning, rain or shine, choppy or glassy we will be paddling. Join us at the North side of the Newport Beach Pier (Blackies) and paddle with us to the RS4 Bell Buoy and back which is about 4-miles roundtrip. 6:30am sharp arrival, 6:45am start, sunscreen will be provided. All paddlers welcome! All ages, all levels. Prone, SUP, Rescue boards, whatever you got…

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The seal looked just like a man

…and it freaked me out!

No kidding. I’m sitting in the water and I turn around: there are two human-looking heads staring right at me. Their heads are smooth like slicked back hair. I blink once, twice and then it occurs to me…they’re not human.

Yet we are still staring at each other. It’s one of those moments where wildlife meets human life and time stands still. We share the same thought and emotion…a “what the hell are you doing here!” moment.

Then I panic and take the next wave coming at me. As I ride down, I see them disappear underwater. Thoughts of seal attacks flood my brain even though there is no reason for a seal to attack me.

In a few moments I’m on the shore and the panic subsides. I feel like a big fool :)

from a 1936 publication:

The Harbour Seal is a very intelligent animal, and when alarmed, it has a curious habit of standing upright, with its head just above the water, in order to take observations. At such times its appearance is singularly like that of a man, and it is quite probable that the old legends of mermaids and mermen arose from seeing Seals in this position. The eyes are large, very full, and dark in colour, and the animal has an unexplained habit of opening and closing its nostrils.