Pup News 2014

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2014 BIRTHS

54. March 24, 2014 – A cream-colored pup with the cutest black face was born in the morning on Casa Beach. The pup has lots of fur. She was named Josie by two ladies visiting the beach from Minneapolis. The ladies and Josie are enjoying the beautiful San Diego weather!

Meet Josie!

Meet Josie!

53. March 22, 2014 – After many days, another pup was born at the rookery. She is a beautiful silver and black spotted pup named Sugar Plum.

Sugar Plum and Mom

Sugar Plum and Mom

52. March 15, 2014 – A small, black, abandoned pup has been seen on Casa Beach.  Scamp has been observed daily stealing milk from sleeping mother seals. While mother seals are not known to surrogate other pups, Scamp has become quite proficient at moving in quickly, getting some nourishment and moving on to another nursing mother. He is quite a survivor! Every effort has been made to rescue Scamp, but thusfar he has not been in a position to be rescued as the safety and bonding of the other seals can not be jeopardized. We will continue to monitor the situation and hope that we can get help for him soon.

Scamp stealing a quick meal before the mom chases him away.

Scamp stealing a quick meal before the mom chases him away…

51. March 13, 2014 – A cute, little, black pup has joined the Casa colony.  She has been named Myrtle in honor of councilwoman Myrtle Cole who supported the seasonal beach closure. We are all thankful for her support!  Welcome Myrtle!

Myrtle on Casa Beach

Myrtle on Casa Beach

50. March 12, 2014 – A tiny black pup was born late in the afternoon on Casa Beach. The new pup was named Mira.

Mira

Mira and Mom just minutes after birth

49. March 9, 2014Rumi is a white pup with a dark patch of fur on the top of his head. He was named after a 13th-century Persian poet.

Rumi

Rumi and Mom

48. March 9, 2014 – At 4:00 pm at the water’s edge a little black pup, Cody, was born. Just look at the pup’s size compared to the nearby seagull!

Cody

Cody

47. March 9, 2014Spots was named by Sophie, who was visiting the beach with her mom and learning all about the harbor seals when this pup was born.

Spots

Spots

46. March 9, 2014 – Returning to Casa Beach every year since 2002 a mother seal, Satin Doll, gave birth to Jelly Bean.

JellyBean

Jelly Bean and Mom, Satin Doll

45. March 7, 2014 – The seal with the “lollipop” eye, aka Lola Lollipop, returned to the beach again this year to give birth to another pup, Kimmie. The pup is white with lots of black spots.

Kimmie and Mom, Lollipop

Kimmie and Mom, Lola Lollipop

Note: Oliver Twist’s mom returned (see #41 below) to the beach in the afternoon. It was a happy reunion of mom and pup!

Oliver Twist and Mom Reunited

Oliver Twist and Mom Reunited

44. March 6, 2014 – A silver mom gave birth to a silver pup on Casa Beach. The pup was named Prince because he looks regal.

Prince

Prince

43. March 6, 2014 – There was a stillbirth today. The pup was named Tenshi which means angel in Japanese. The mom remained close by until the sea took him home.

42. March 6, 2014Huckleberry Finn arrived in the morning. He was born under the rock overhang and soon after birth, his mom brought him over to pose for this close-up picture.

Huckelberry Finn and Mom

Huckelberry Finn and Mom

41. March 5, 2014 – An abandoned newborn pup was spotted near the 
sea wall. If his mom doesn’t return tomorrow, a rescue attempt will be made. He’s alert and smart – finding shelter from the seagulls under the ledge of the sea wall. He’s been named Oliver Twist. Good luck little guy!

Oliver Twist

Oliver Twist

40. March 5, 2014 Essy (short for Esmeralda) was born in the morning way up by the fence.

Essy and Mom

Essy and Mom

39. March 4, 2014 – Adorable little Payton was born late in the afternoon. He has spiked fur and seems to enjoy hanging out close to the stairs with his mom. Visitors can’t help but ohhh and ahhh over the cuteness of this little guy.

Peyton and Mom

Peyton and Mom

 

38. March 4, 2014 – Bubbles, with her lovely dark coat, was born in the early afternoon.

Myrtle, Born March 4, 2014

Bubbles, Born March 4, 2014

37. March 3, 2014Marti  was our second miracle of the day. With a beautiful white 
fur coat and knowing eyes like her mom, she was named for District 9 San Diego City Councilwoman
 Marti Emerald, who has been a true friend of the seals since her first day as a member of the City Council.

 

A Close-Up of Marti

36. March 3, 2014 – “The pup with two moms” was named Cannon Ball. Right from birth two mother seals fought for ownership of the newborn. The confused little pup has been seen nursing from both mother seals. The thought is that perhaps one of the moms must have lost her pup. The moms don’t seem to want to share, but Cannon Ball is getting lots of milk and double the love.

Cannonball with his 2 Moms. The spotted Mom is his birth mother.

Cannon Ball with his 2 Moms.
The spotted Mom is his birth mother.

35. March 1, 2014 – Usually pups are born on the beach, but sometimes the mom gives birth in the water. So it was with Effy who was born on a rainy day in the water of Casa Beach. The little black pup followed her mom right out of the ocean.

Effy following her Mom out of the water

Effy following her Mom out of the water

34. March 1, 2014 – At 10:00 am on Casa Beach a little black seal, Dakota, was born. The name Dakota means “friend”.

Dakota and Mom

Dakota and Mom

33. February 28, 2014 – In the middle of the cold, windy, rainy weather, Eva Pie was born. Eva Pie started to nurse even before her mom had delivered the afterbirth. She’s sure to be gaining weight quickly!

Eva Pie and Mom

Eva Pie and Mom

32. February 28, 2014Angelica was a stillborn birth. Her mom watched over her until the tide came in and her pup was returned to the sea.

31. February 27, 2014 – With stormy weather approaching, Stormy was born on 
Casa Beach.

30. February 27, 2014 – Big baby Thunder came into the world on Casa Beach.

Thunder and Mom

Thunder and Mom

29. February 27, 2014Angel was a stillborn. Her mom carefully watched over her for hours until a wave came and took the angel out to sea. RIP Angel.

28. February 25, 2014Emerald was born right in the center of the Beach. She was the first seal born after the City Council voted to approve seasonal closure of Casa Beach (during the pupping season months) starting in December, 2014. Her name is in honor of Councilwoman Marti Emerald who supported the seasonal closure of Casa Beach. Welcome Emerald!

Emerald - click on the picture to see more!

27. February 24, 2014Hope was born in the early morning.

Hope and Mom

Hope and Mom

26. February 24, 2014Ebony was an early morning birth on Casa Beach.

Ebony and Mom

Ebony and Mom

 

25. February 23, 2014 – There was a birth at the water’s edge early Sunday morning. The new little one was named Ginger.

24. February 23, 2014Kiki was born, accompanied by a watchful mom.

23. February 23, 2014 – Welcome Kishka which means “bear”.  Kishka was named by onlooker, Julie. The mother is a dark gray as is her pup.

Kishka and Mom

Kishka and Mom

 

22. February 22, 2014 – A gray mottled pup born at about 4 pm has been named Loie.

Loie and Mom

Loie and Mom

 

21. February 22, 2014 – A mother seen with a severe open-wound shark bite last September gave birth to Dawn at Casa Beach. The mom, Suzie Q, is now healed and knows how tough it can be living in the wild ocean. She has been seen staving off all who entered her domain and aggressively protecting her pup. Maybe there is shark blood in her veins!

Dawn and Mom Suzie Q

Dawn and Mom Suzie Q

 

20. February 22, 2014 – Seals have site fidelity, meaning they often return to their place of birth to give birth to their pups. So it was with mother seal, Honey Bell, who gave birth to her little pup by the stairs on Casa Beach. The pup was named Serenity Pie.

19. February 22, 2014Gilligan arrived looking much like a spotted Dalmation.

18. February 19, 2014 – Born under a bright February moon, Moonlight joined the Casa Beach colony.

17. February 21, 2014Liberty was born today.  He is a dark chocolate pup with a dark black mom.

16. February 20, 2014Sunshine was born today. In this photo, she has already nursed and is ready for a nap.

Sunshine and Mom

Sunshine, ready for a nap

 

15. February 20, 2014Tiger was born; he is light tan with dark speckles.

Tiger and Mom

Tiger and Mom

 

14. February 20, 2014 – The nursery was busy today with our 14th pup – and third of the day – Cheri is dark gray.

13. February 20, 2014 – Beautiful newborn Pearl was our second pup born today. She’s a light gray with darker spots.

Pearl and Mom

Pearl and Mom

12. February 20, 2014Carter was born in the early morning hours. His mother is medium brown with whitish ringlets.

Carter and Mom

Carter and Mom

11. February 18, 2014Willow was born today at 3:15 pm on Casa Beach right near the rope.

Willow

Willow and Mom

10. February 18, 2014 – Please welcome our newest little one, Naya. She looks like she still has some of the baby hair, lanugo, which is very light gray and should rub off soon. Just like Kaipo but Naya’s mom is really silver & Kaipo’s mom looks like lovely chocolate. Only half a day old, she hitched a ride on her mom’s back.

Naya and Mom

Naya and Mom

 

9. February 16, 2014Tilly was our second birth of the day.

8. February 16, 2014Azalea was born with one of the longest umbilical cords ever seen and soon got the attention of the attending seagulls who injest as much of the afterbirth as they can. She learned to flip the birds off on her first day. She is unusually well developed and active.

Azalea says close the beach for pupping season!

Azalea says close the beach for pupping season!

 

7. February 14, 2014 – A day of Love for sure, so number 7 is named Love.

Love

Love

 

6. February 13, 2014 – Our new addition, Valentine was first noted on the far outer reefs resting by her mom.

Valentine and Mom

Valentine and Mom

 

5. February 13, 2014Kaipo which means “sweetheart” in Hawaiian, made her entrance today.  Umbilical cord dragging, she followed Mom into the water for a first bath.

Kaipo and Mom

Kaipo and Mom

 

4. February 11, 2014Kai, Hawaiian for “the sea” was born sometime Tuesday morning. He seems to like swimming more than eating as he and his mom spent a lot of time in the water and not much time nursing on the beach.

Kai and Mom

Kai and Mom

 

3. February 5, 2014 Gidget’s birth was also not observed but she seen early in the following morning swimming with her mother. Her coloring is a very distinctive creamy white shade. Mother is also attentive and the two are always seen together.

2. February 4, 2014 – Our first known viable pup of the season, Benny Jett was seen early in the morning. He is very dark and has a very attentive and capable mother who was seen protecting him as he made is way out of the water onto land to nurse. He was also seen catching a ride on his mothers back.

bennyJett2

Benny Jett and his Mom

 

1. January 31, 2014Miracle disappeared soon after his birth today….Godspeed little one.