Pupping season officially ended on May 15. The Seal Conservancy has recorded the greatest number of seal births this year, with 70 seal pups sighted at the Casa Beach! Throughout the season, only one pup was rescued by Sea World Marine Mammal Rescue. Unfortunately, 3 pups did not survive this year.
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February 4, 2017 – The first pup of the season, named Lil’ Roxy, has been born. At first it appeared that Lil’ Roxy had been abandoned, and we feared the worst. Fortunately, on February 5, 2017, Lil’ Roxy was spotted on the beach, reunited with her mother and nursing!
February 5, 2017 – Two pups were born, named Mara and Jenny! Both pups appear to have bonded with their mothers and have been seen nursing, resting, and swimming!
February 18, 2017 – 13 pups have been seen at Casa Beach, including this pup below, whose birth sac would not tear open. With help from some hungry and impatient sea gulls, this pup was finally able to escape her birth sac.
February 22, 2017 – There are 26 healthy pups. One abandoned pup has been rescued and is being cared for with hopes of his eventual release at Point Loma kelp bed.