Seaside Aquarium responded to a report of a Guadalupe fur seal Friday, near Ocean Shores, Washington.
According to Tiffany Boothe of the aquarium this animal was first seen on Monday, Jan. 7. entangled in rope near Ocean Shores. Washington police officers were able to cut the fur seal free and the fur seal happily took off back to the ocean.
According to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Agency, Guadalupe fur seals are members of the “eared seal” family, otariidae. Their breeding grounds are almost entirely on Guadalupe Island, off the Pacific coast of Mexico, with recent re-colonization off the San Benito Archipelago. A small number of Guadalupe fur seals have also been reported on the northern Channel Islands off California.
The 3-foot juvenile fur seal is headed south and looks to be fat and healthy, minus some superficial wounds from the rope that appear to be healing.