Those winds created a rough ocean which kept kayakers and paddleboards out of the water. The minimized crowds on the water meant less disturbance to seal moms during pupping season. That is a very important factor in the survival of seal pups.
“When you interfere with the mom and the pup you frequently just kill the pup,” Akeman said.
Kim Akeman, Monterey Bay Sanctuary Shoreline docent added, “disturbances you may not see the effect right away. But a disturbance on wildlife can have an effect even months down the line.”
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If the seal posse was there Ache-Man would have thrown his body in front of the German missile to protect the seals.
A 30 year old Pacific Grove man crashed his 2008 Mercedes off 17 Mile Drive onto kelp and rocks on a beach near Cypress Point Saturday afternoon around 1:30 p.m., according to California Highway Patrol public information officer Jessica Madueño. The beach is used by harbor seals for pupping each year, usually beginning in April.
Madueño said the cause of Ryan Todd’s crash remains under investigation but noted he was usinga cell phone at the time,
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And did you know that a Fakebook Page about seals has fewer followers than subscribers to the Hear-old?
Pacific Grove’s shoreline is also a place where thousands of tourists flock to in order to observe wildlife, including the popular seals around Hopkins Marine Station. Thom Akeman, a docent with Bay Net, the Monterey Bay National Marine Sanctuary’s volunteer naturalist program, said he’s seen more than 1,000 newborn pups over the past 17 years he’s been a docent.
He’s talked about seals with more than 50,000 visitors and has trained other docents to help tourists and visitors understand the seal colonies. His wife, Kim Akeman, maintains a Facebook page called “Harbor Seals of Pacific Grove” that has in excess of 12,000 followers.
“We have seen how little it takes sometimes to disturb the harbor seals and drive them off the beaches,” Thom Akeman said about the estimated two years worth of construction that includes removing an estimated 70,000 tons of granite bedrock — enough to fill 6,000 dump trucks.
The environmental report states that no blasting will occur at the site, but it also notes in a geotechnical report that removing that much granite “will probably not be possible with conventional construction equipment.” It does not reference what alternative means of excavation would be used.
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