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Low tides reveal high activity along Alki beaches this weekend

June 9, 2010

Puget Sound starfish

With Alki tides expected to be at an all time low; viewing of our local sealife will be at an all time high.  Take a walk along the shoreline and explore the many wonderful creatures from barnacles to seacrabs and brightly colored starfish .  Beach Naturalists will be out in South Alki on Saturday and Sunday from  10 a.m. – 2 p.m. to educate visitors about the marine plants and animals found along the Alki shoreline.  You’ll learn what seastars eat and see why barnacles stand on their heads, as well as learn how best to view these creatures without disturbing their natural habitats.

And if you can’t find time to do some tidewalking; roll down the window and smell that wonderful salty air!

 If you’re lucky you might even catch a glimpse of a baby seal ‘pup’.  Seal pup season is upon us and our local Seal Sitter organization reminds visitors  to please keep your dogs on their leashes at all times, never touch or move a seal pup; they do bite and carry diseases. Pups come ashore to regain their strength and regulate their temperature.  Pups are extremely vulnerable and need our protection; only 50% of seal pups survive their first year.  Please keep 100 yards away and please report any sightings to 206-905-SEAL (7325).

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