Edmonds Seal Sitters

 
 

Edmonds Seal Sitters

What is a Seal Sitter?

Seal Sitters are good-hearted folks who volunteer to “stand guard” when seals have come ashore on busy public beaches.  Sitters have been trained in best practices in response to marine mammals, will try to place a protective barrier around the animals, and will try their best to answer questions from passersby. The Edmonds Seal Sitters group of volunteers was established by Susan Morrow in the Spring of 2008 in partnership with NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and its Marine Mammal Stranding Network.


Why Edmonds?

Because the beaches are very busy. The town of Edmonds, Washington, about 15 miles due north of Seattle, has a lot of character, community spirit and coffee shops --- and a terrific waterfront.  Three distinct beaches are marine sanctuaries, and in the summer City Beach Rangers lead low-tide beach walks.  There’s a 27-acre underwater diving park, a ferry terminal, a public fishing pier, a top-rated marina, and an off-leash dog park.  In amongst all this activity, you’ll sometimes come across a young seal pup sunning itself in the sand. And that pup will need a little help.