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Harbor seal pup rescued at Palo Alto harbor

Original post made on Apr 10, 2013

A baby harbor seal that somehow got stranded in the waters at the Palo Alto harbor was rescued by Palo Alto Animal Services on Tuesday, April 9.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, April 10, 2013, 12:12 AM

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Posted by parent
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 10, 2013 at 8:56 am

Anyone know how often do seals get this far south in the bay? We walk out in the baylands a lot and have never seen one.


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Posted by rider
a resident of Barron Park
on Apr 10, 2013 at 9:09 am

I hope this cute little guy pulls through. Where is this flood gate? In the Baylands?


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Posted by parent
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 10, 2013 at 9:23 am

I think that's the flood gate near Byxbee Park


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Posted by rider
a resident of another community
on Apr 10, 2013 at 10:12 am

Byxbee - ok. Thanks parent.


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Posted by Zoologist
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Apr 10, 2013 at 10:54 am

Local harbor seals are birthed in late winter/ early spring across the bay in Mowry Slough. She probably just recently left her mother, swam into a current, and was not strong enough to fight it. The current probably carried her here, to Mayfield Slough at the edge of Byxbee Park.

It is rare for a pup to be seen in this area, but seals are occasionally sighted in Mayfield Slough.


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Posted by Retired Staffer
a resident of another community
on Apr 10, 2013 at 11:16 am

Does anybody want to outsource this activity?


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Posted by WoodlandAveFriend
a resident of East Palo Alto
on Apr 10, 2013 at 3:12 pm

Way to go William! Thanks again for all that you do for the animals. This poor baby now has a chance at survival thanks to the nice person who called AC, & to you for pulling her out. Let's hope she fares better than the poor sea lion in the creek.


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Posted by Mark Weiss
a resident of Downtown North
on Apr 10, 2013 at 5:30 pm

What the article does not say is that this is a pro-development seal pup and is being groomed for a seat on the planning commission....


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Posted by Elizabeth
a resident of Midtown
on Apr 10, 2013 at 7:02 pm

Thanks for the laugh, Mark! " )

Nice to read a "feel good" story for a change.


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Posted by musical
a resident of Palo Verde
on Apr 11, 2013 at 11:03 am

The "feel good" part evaporates when I get to the "Food shortages . . . have overloaded rescue centers" and "The fish are not there for whatever reason" parts.


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Posted by CrescentParkAnon.
a resident of Crescent Park
on Apr 11, 2013 at 11:36 am

What is Rand Paul doing with our harbor seal pup ? ;-)


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Posted by Palo Alto Sailor
a resident of College Terrace
on Apr 11, 2013 at 9:13 pm

Great to see the words "Palo Alto Harbor" again in the press! I remember rescuing a seal pup in 1976 when at the Palo Alto Harbor at the Sea Scout docks. Same drill, heard the pup crying, rescued her, and turned over to the local fish and game who transfered same to a marine wild life unit. The pup had been brought down by a powerful storm the night before. Glad to see some pups are still saved - all these years later.


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Posted by Paul Losch
a resident of Community Center
on Apr 13, 2013 at 7:16 am

Bill Warrior is a great public servant.

A number of years ago, on a Saturday evening, we had a birthday party for my son. Silly, high energy 5 and 6 year old boys ran downstairs to our basement, and encountered a skunk.

Young animal, clearly confused, and perhaps sick.

At a time and day that most of us are otherwise engaged, Bill spent a couple hours coaxing this poor little skunk into a cage, put it into his truck, and that was that.

I recall sending a letter to the Police Chief about Bill's efforts on our family's behalf, and actually got a letter back from the Chief!

Palo Alto is blessed to have Bill working on our community's behalf.


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