Carpinteria Seal Watch Numbers

We continue to see hundreds of walkers on the path past and into the overlook. Many are visiting Carpinteria and have lots of questions about the seals. Please consider volunteering to help out! Its a beautiful place to spend a couple of hours.

Harbor seal protection:  The federal Marine Mammal Protection Act prohibits harassing or disturbing marine mammals in the wild. Disturbance refers to acts that have the potential to disturb a marine mammal in the wild by disrupting behavioral patterns, including, but not limited to, migration, breathing, nursing, breeding, feeding, or sheltering.  Harbor seals need rest on the beach, but they are relatively defenseless on land and flee promptly from threats This law provides substantial fine or imprisonment for violations.

The City of Carpinteria reinforces harbor seal protection for six months of the year; the beach closure ordinance helps avoid inadvertent disturbances by people who may not be aware of the seals

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