Share the Shore

Seals and sea lions use shoreline habitat every day to rest and regulate their body temperature.  Please share the shore and do not disturb seals and sea lions when they are on land.

1. Give seals and sea lions space.  Avoid approaching closer than 100 yards/meters.

2.  Keep dogs away at all times.  Marine mammals carry diseases that can be transmitted to you and your pet.

3.  Report any injured or dead marine mammal, please call 1-866-767-6114 and provide information about the location and condition of the animal.  You can also call your local stranding network.

For more information on the West Coast Marine Mammal Stranding Network and to learn about local groups in your area, please visit:

1. Disturb, move, feed or touch any marine mammal, including harbor seal pups.  All marine mammals are protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act and it is illegal for unauthorized persons to harass, handle, or feed them.


View a Public Service Announcement about Sharing the Shore

For more information on sharing the shore with harbor seal pups in Washington State, please visit NOAA Fisheries web site at: 

To report a stranded or injured harbor seal please call