winter and spring from December to May the stretch of
beach between the Bluffs and Veneco's pier hosts almost
300 seals giving birth to and raising this year's batch of
During this time, the beach is
closed 750 feet on either side of the rookery (as their
nesting area is called).
The seals are there all year long, but in the spring the
pubs don't have the thick layer of fat that they need to
protect themselves from the cold ocean waters.
While the seals and their
pups are vulnerable, Seal Watch is there to make sure they
are safe from human intrusion and keep hard data on the
numbers and activities of the seals. This all
volunteer organization has watched the seals since