Here’s a photo of the first Harbor Seal pup of 2015.

We are always on Harbor Seal pup watch every spring and it's exciting when the first one appears. Allen Vinson was there on a bluff at The Sea Ranch when it happened on the first of April.

The first Harbor Seal pupof 2015 is born by Allen Vinson

And soon the little pup was nursing.

Newborn Harbor Seal Pup nursing by Allen Vinson

Since then 18 more have been born. It's that time of year to especially keep your dogs on leash when approaching a beach. Pups are very vulnerable. Never "rescue" one. The mother leaves her newborn soon after birth so she can fish for herself. She will return to her sweet pup. If you do find a marine mammal in distress, call the Marine Mammal Center at 415 289-7350.  They will send a trained local to assess the situation.

Thanks to Allen for allowing me to share his photos with you here.

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