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Harbor Seal Pupping Season

I heard it was pupping season on the Central Oregon Coast so I went out on the Alsea Bay Bridge to take some pix.  Apparently this pod of seals give birth later in the spring than some other pods because I did not see any suckling pups.  They are weaned at about 4 weeks old and I noticed that I took those pix the first week in June last year.  So, that means the pups are born in late April or early May.  An indicator that seals are being born is the increase on vultures and eagles flying overhead.

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As I was taking pix of the seal nursery a couple days ago I was watching a mom and pup in the water.  He was very vocal.  He started whining when he was in the water.  I figured he was hungry.

I didn’t notice the tag at this point.  I was just watching them because the pup was so entertaining.  Like a whiney kid in a grocery store.  hahaha

They hauled out at the upper sandbar, just on the east side of the Alsea Bay Bridge.

I got busy taking pix of the others while she and her pup moved further onto the sand.  Then I noticed the tag and tried to get a clear shot of it.

I snapped the shot then looked on the camera display to zoom in.  I can see it says ‘A175’.

I love finding out the history on the wildlife.  I asked my friend what he…

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South Jetty Picnic

Every now and then we have to have a picnic at the South Jetty of Yaquina Bay in Newport, Oregon.  We picked up a sandwich and drink at Walmart along with the other groceries.

Tide going out - about 3pm
Tide going out – about 3pm

We just pick a spot near one of the jetties to watch the boats, seals and birds.  This was yesterday, Nov 13th.  There was a 12 foot change in the tide; which is a big change for this part of the Oregon coast.  High tide was about 11am at 10 feet.  Low tide will be about 5:45 at -2 feet.

South Jetty-lower tide
South Jetty-lower tide – about 4pm

This is the same spot (and some of the same seals) an hour later.  It’s fun to see how fast the level drops.  We watched a boat coming in that was hardly moving at all but sounded like the engine was almost maxed out.  It was really fighting the tide.

Harbor Seals goofing around
Harbor Seals goofing around

The seals were pretty active.  They’d lay on the surface and slap the water a few times.  Then they’d jump up out of the water and dive.  Is this the breeding season?

Diving birds - goofing around
Diving birds – goofing around

Some of the diving birds were pretty active too.  I keep thinking this is a loon, but haven’t looked it up yet.

Shrimp Boats
Shrimp Boats

I don’t know if this is a fishing boat or shrimp boat but there are huge nets in that big boat!