CDPH Warns Consumers Not to Eat Sport-Harvested Bivalve Shellfish from Inner Tomales Bay
The Cal. Department of Public Health is advising consumers not to eat recreationally harvested mussels, clams, or whole scallops from inner Tomales Bay. Dangerous levels of paralytic shellfish poisoning toxins have been detected in mussels from this area. More »
Operational Changes Took Effect on May 1
The Lighthouse Visitor Center is now only open Fridays through Mondays; closed Tuesdays through Thursdays, including Thanksgiving. The Kenneth C. Patrick Visitor Center will be closed through late December, reopening weekends and holidays on December 28. More »
Visitor Center Winter Hours
Visitor Center Winter Hours took effect on Sunday, November 3, 2013. More »
Entangled Elephant Seal Freed after Two Years
Contact: John A. Dell’Osso, 415-464-5135
Recently, staffs from Point Reyes National Seashore and The Marine Mammal Center (TMMC) were able to catch an elusive northern elephant seal who, for over two years, has been seen with a strap entangled around its neck. The seal has been eluding biologists who have been trying to sedate the seal and remove the strap which was digging into its neck since at least 2009.
The large subadult male seal (estimated to be between 700-1,000 lbs.) is approximately five years old. In order to remove the thick white packing strap that was wrapped tightly around his neck, the seal was first approached and sedated, then had his head covered with a towel to calm him down, then veterinarian staff from TMMC located the strap, buried deeply in a wound on the seal's neck and removed it. Finally, the area around the neck was cleaned and the animal quickly returned to the ocean.
In 2004, a female elephant seal at Point Reyes had a similar situation occur but that strap was quickly removed from the seal. She has since been coming back to Point Reyes each year and giving birth to seal pups.
There are currently over 700 elephant seals on the beaches at Point Reyes National Seashore and approximately 220 pups have already been born. Last year, over 600 pups were born on Point Reyes' beaches.
(Images available upon request)
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