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Seal Attack
updated: Dec 20, 2012, 5:12 PM

By Edhat Subscriber

Went to the Carpinteria Harbor Seal Rookery on Thursday 12/19 and saw this seal haul out with a large shark bite in its side. This was after I read the Howorth story about the Great White attack observed near Frazier Point on Santa Cruz Island.

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 COMMENT 356170 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 05:19 PM

I don't think there was an attack at Santa Cruz - it was a shark eating a seal. That's what they eat normally. Seals.

 

 COMMENT 356172 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 05:24 PM

Don't jump to conclusions unless you are a Marine Mammal expert.
Could be a propeller slice...

 

 COMMENT 356173 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 05:24 PM

poor guy. that looks painful!

 

 COMMENT 356175 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 05:26 PM

Prop or shark.Survival of the fittest,or quickest.

 

 COMMENT 356194P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 06:20 PM

Owieeeee, did you report it?

 

 COMMENT 356210P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 06:54 PM

Looks like left lower guy as an old scar.

 

 COMMENT 356225 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 07:34 PM

That is NOT a shark bite. It's a propeller injury.

175, you can be fit and quick and not escape a propeller injury. It's not a 'natural' injury.

 

 COMMENT 356230 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 07:40 PM

It appears to be a fishing line or heavy rope injury - not a shark bite, and certainly not caused by a propeller. Seals are far too quick to get hit by a boat...even a very fast boat.

 

 LOUWHO? agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 08:00 PM

Thanks for sharing. Great photo!! Poor seal!

 

 COMMENT 356243P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 08:00 PM

SB Marine Mammal Center (Peter Howarth)
687-3255

 

 COMMENT 356257 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 08:38 PM

Looks more like a propeller slice than a shark bite.

 

 COMMENT 356285P agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-20 11:24 PM

This whole concept is new to me. Do they just lay around and let you walk among them?

 

 COMMENT 356313 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-21 07:57 AM

please call someone about this!

 

 COMMENT 356359 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-21 09:32 AM

To the reader who was new to the concept...down in Carpinteria at "Carp Bluffs" there is a point that seals wobble out on to, sometimes as many as 40. This time of year they are getting ready to have pups. You can walk easily out there and sit and watch them. There will almost always be a docent to answer questions and keep people from getting too close.

 

 COMMENT 356405 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-21 11:03 AM

To clarify for those who want to visit the Seal Rookery- you do not go on the beach and walk among the seals- that is a Federally protected area until May 31. You observe the seals and their pups from the bluffs area above. Docents volunteer daily 7am-dark. Anyone wanting to volunteer can get info at carpsealwatch(at)gmail
Thanks!

 

 COMMENT 356416 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-21 11:33 AM

You can go on the beach. The rookery starts about 20 feet west of the bottom of the path. Be careful of the docents and remind them we are in America and free to walk on the beach.

 

 COMMENT 356429 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-21 12:13 PM

416 - Is there a law that backs this up? Especially about beach access.Im with you.

 

 COMMENT 356440 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-21 12:42 PM

Call who for what? This is nature people leave the wild animal alone. If it makes it good, if not it will become food for other wild animals. People need to stop inserting themselves into every situation thinking they are making it better for the animals. Things die. And yes you can walk on the beach there is a small piece of beach that is protected for the seals for some of the year but you do not have to remain on the bluffs. The docents do not have authority to do anything anyway.

 

 COMMENT 356450 agree helpful negative off topic

2012-12-21 01:41 PM

Quite a few years ago the seals became so accustomed to people that one could actually pat them. Inevitably, kids got bitten. Leave the seals alone.

 

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