Alert yearling frequents Lincoln Park
Apr/06/11 06:20 AM
Yesterday, Seal Sitters received numerous calls to our hotline about a pup at Lincoln Park. Our responder found a very alert and seemingly healthy young seal resting on the beach. While technically young enough to be called a pup (and this one was pretty small, but had good body weight), this time of year NOAA prefers we call last season’s pups yearlings
. This is to avoid confusion now that pupping season is about to begin on the outer coast - and new pups will be born before last year’s pups are truly one year old. There was a bit of blood and irritation around the navel, but no significant health issues we could see. This little one was nicknamed “Chiquita” because he/she loved stretching in the typical banana pose to regulate body temperature. Our volunteers did tough duty in the pouring rain and wind and chose not to tape off the deserted beach, possibly scaring Chiquita back into the water. Apparently, Chiquita has been frequenting this beach so, if you spot this youngster, please give our hotline a call.