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Each winter and spring from December to May the stretch of beach between the Bluffs and Veneco's pier hosts almost 300 seals giving birth to and raising this year's batch of pups.

During this time, the beach is closed 750 feet on either side of the rookery (as their nesting area is called).  The seals are there all year long, but in the spring the pubs don't have the thick layer of fat that they need to protect themselves from the cold ocean waters.

While the seals and their pups are vulnerable, Seal Watch is there to make sure they are safe from human intrusion and keep hard data on the numbers and activities of the seals.  This all volunteer organization has watched the seals since 1991.