Pre-pupping Season Activities on Alsea Bay

I’m keeping a close eye on the Harbor Seals from the Alsea Bay Bridge, Waldport, Oregon.

Alsea Bay Bridge Oblisque
Alsea Bay Bridge Obelisk

There is lots of activity out there!

Harbor Seals - pre-pupping season
Pre-pupping Season Activity

Harbor seals don’t have much contact, other than during mating season and pre-pupping season.

Harbor Seals Rolling in Water
Rolling

According to SeaWorld: Prior to the pupping season, males and females exhibit pre-mating activity such as rolling, bubble-blowing, and mouthing each other’s necks. This pre-mating behavior ends with the beginning of the pupping season.

Neck Biting
Neck Biting

I have never seen them move so fast on the sand before.  They would dart out of the water to shoot up onto the beach.

Kissing Harbor Seals
Kissy-Kissy

One might interact for a minute with another on-shore.  Then dart back into the water.

Harbor Seals Darting
Never seen them move so fast on sand

Harbor Seals usually keep space between them when hauled out; whereas Sea Lions lay all over each other.

Advertisements

6 thoughts on “Pre-pupping Season Activities on Alsea Bay”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s