Edmonds Seal Sitters Hotline 425-327-3336

To report a seal in Edmonds, WA


Edmonds Seal Sitters

What is a Seal Sitter?

Seal Sitters are folks who volunteer to stand guard when seals come ashore on busy public beaches. Edmonds Seal Sitters was founded in 2008 by Susan Morrow in partnership with NOAA (National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration) and is part of NOAA’s West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network.

There are many amazing marine mammals in the waters of Washington State --- gray whales, harbor porpoises, sea otters, California sea lions, Northern fur seals, humpback whales, orcas, Northern elephant seals, and many more --- but it is the harbor seal (Phoca vitulina) that most often hauls out on the Edmonds waterfront.

If you are walking on one of the Edmonds beaches and find a seal on the shore, call our hotline number at 425-327-3336. Our trained volunteers will assess the seal’s condition, establish a protective perimeter and answer questions as best we can!

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.

You can help by giving the harbor seal pup peace, quiet and 100 feet of distance!