Seal pups and Seal Sitters are making headlines in all the print media, as well as NBC, ABC, FOX News, and Evening Magazine. To find out more about what the media is saying, please click on the “media coverage” links below.
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GEORGIA GERBER SELECTED AS SCULPTOR FOR YEAR OF THE SEAL PROJECT A panel of 10 community members unanimously selected prominent Northwest artist Georgia Gerber to create a bronze sculpture of a mother harbor seal and pup to be installed at Alki Beach in September. The sculpture is the centerpiece of Seal Sitters' Year of the Seal educational outreach project, which utilizes the harbor seal, considered an indicator species by biologists, to raise awareness of the health of our waters. Read more about the project here.
SEAL SITTERS YEAR OF THE SEAL SCULPTURE PROJECT CALL TO ARTISTS (March 7, 2013) Seal Sitters has just released a Call to Artists (Request for Qualifications). The installation site for the sculpture has been approved by Seattle Department of Parks and Recreation. The sculpture will reside near the Alki Bathhouse.
If you are an artist who works in bronze and have a proven track record of public art installations, please download the application here. The deadline for entry is March 22, 2013. Target installation date is the end of August with Harbor Seal Day celebration and dedication on September 7th.
SEAL SITTERS ASK BEACH-GOERS TO SHARE THE SHORE (January 9, 2013, KCTS-9) A documentary film team from KCTS-9 recently completed a segment on Seal Sitters. Environmental journalist Katie Campbell and videographer Michael Werner interviewed co-founders Brenda Peterson and Robin Lindsey and 11-year old volunteer Etienne, who joined Seal Sitters in the 2nd grade. The team filmed volunteers protecting Lucy and other seal pups. The story was prompted by our report of West Seattle's 2012 seal pupping season with a higher than usual mortality rate. The video segment will be airing on PBS, but the audio has already aired on NPR's KUOW and other radio stations. You can see the video segment posted KCTS 9's website with accompanying script and photos.
SEAL SITTERS AMONG 5 WEST SEATTLE GROUPS RECEIVING CITY GRANTS (December 3, 2012, West Seattle Blog) The all-volunteer group formally got some good news today - the Department of Neighborhoods included a city grant for Seal Sitters Year of the Seal educational outreach project, culminating in the installation of a harbor seal mom and pup sculpture at Alki Beach. Read the West Seattle Blog story here. Read more about the Year of the Seal project here.
FEWER SEAL PUPS BEING SIGHTED THIS YEAR ON WEST SEATTLE BEACHES (October 28, 2012, KING-5) Fewer seal pups are being spotted this year around West Seattle, and a larger percentage of the animals is dying, according to Seal sitters, a nonprofit that advocates for the animals. View the KING 5 news segment here. * please see our blubberblog related story here for clarification
AUTHOR BRENDA PETERSON AND SEAL SITTERS FEATURED ON ABC-PORTLAND TV (July 6, 2012) Co-founder of Seal Sitters and respected nature writer, Brenda Peterson was interviewed on AM Portland - KATU about the new children's book, Leopard and Silkie, as well as the volunteer group which protects marine mammals in Puget Sound. Watch the interview here.
11-YEAR OLD SEAL SITTERS VOLUNTEER FEATURED ON NATIONAL PUBLIC RADIO (April 20, 2012 NPR) The children's book Leopard and Silkie (Henry Holt publishing, Peterson/Lindsey) and Seal Sitters Marine Mammal Stranding Network was featured on NPR's Living on Earth segment. 11 year old Etienne who has been a Seal Sitters volunteers since second grade was interviewed about her experiences watching over vulnerable seal pups. Brenda Peterson was also featured. Listen to the segment here.
SEAL SITTERS' CO-FOUNDERS PUBLISH CHILDREN'S BOOK ON SEAL PUPS AND SEAL SITTERS (April 2012) Brenda Peterson, well-known nature writer, and Robin Lindsey, photographer and Seal Sitters' lead investigator have recently written a children's book, Leopard and Silkie (Henry Holt Publishing) based on the true story of two West Seattle seal pups. Visit the book website here for media reviews.
LOST FISHING GEAR BECOMING BIG THREAT TO PUGET SOUND MARINE LIFE (April 8, 2012) The death of a rescued seal pup, trapped in an underwater tangle of fishing line, shows the deadly toll of lost fishing gear. Old fishing line, crab pots, lines andhooks ensnare and kill more than half a million sea creatures in Puget Sound every year. Read the full story. Read the story of seal pup Sandy's rescue, rehab and death on Seal Sitters' blubberblog.
SEAL PUPS ON SEATTLE'S SHORE ATTRACTING ATTENTION (October 12, 2011, Associated Press) Associated Press feature story on Seal Sitters and our bumper crop of seal pups this very busy season. The article has been picked up nationwide. Read the article.
SEAL PUPS COMING ASHORE - LOOK, BUT DON'T TOUCH (September 21, 2011, Seattle Times) Feature story about Seal Sitters and busy pupping season in West Seattle. Read the article.
SEAL SITTERS' PUBLIC SERVICE ANNOUNCEMENT GETTING HIGH VISIBILITY (August - September, 2010) Seal Sitters' public service announcement, produced as a result of an in-kind grant from the Seattle Department of Neighborhoods, has been played regularly on local tv stations. Additionally, the NW Marine Mammal Stranding Network and Seal Sitters were featured on the Washington State Ferry website for the month of September. View the psa here.
VOLUNTEERS EXHAUSTED AS RECORD NUMBERS OF SEALS HIT BEACHES (November 15, 2010, KOMO 4 News) Seal Sitters featured in a lead story on KOMO 4 tv as an unusually busy October and November stretches volunteers. See video here. SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR TONI FROHOFF FEATURED SPEAKER AT TED CONFERENCE (July 15, 2010) Seal Sitters' scientific advisor, Dr. Toni Frohoff, speaks at the prestigious TED conference. Toni's talk "investigates the behavioral and emotional connections between humans and marine mammals, such as whales and dolphins. We want to get to know them. Are they trying to get to know us?"
STRANDED SEA LION RESCUED FROM SEATTLE BEACH (April 19, 2010) Seal Sitters responded to reports of a stranded sea lion on Golden Gardens beach in Ballard. The injured and underweight California sea lion was removed from the beach by NOAA and WDFW. The sea lion died overnight and necropsy revealed a broken sternum and internal bleeding. All related stories and news videos here.
HSUS OFFERS REWARD FOR SEA LION SHOOTINGS IN SEATTLE (February 12, 2010) The Humane Society of the United States (HSUS) is offering a $2500 reward for information regarding the shooting of sea lions in the Seattle area. Please visit Seal Sitters' blog for reward information as well as updates and all news links on this breaking news story and three sea lions that were found shot to death on West Seattle beaches. SEAL SITTER FOUNDER BRENDA PETERSON NEW BOOK RELEASE Seal Sitters founder and renowned author Brenda Peterson is the cover story of City Arts magazine (Feb 2010), where she discusses her newest book I Want to be Left Behind: Finding Rapture Here on Earth. Two chapters in the memoir are about seals and seal sitting. The book has received national acclaim and has been named to the Indie list of best books of 2010. Brenda will be reading from her book at a number of area bookstores in February before leaving on a book tour.
SEAL SITTER SCIENTIFIC ADVISOR TONI FROHOFF IN THE NEWS Seal Sitters founding member and scientific advisor, Dr. Toni Frohoff of TerraMar Research, has been receiving much media attention in the past few months. She was a featured story in the December issue of Santa Barbara magazine where she discusses her newest project, POD (Protect Our Dolphins), based in Santa Barbara. Toni received worldwide exposure in a New York Times magazine article about watching gray whales in the birthing lagoons of Baja, Mexico. The list grows to include Discovery Channel and Muse magazines, as well as a feature in a Greek magazine and NPR radio interview about the whales.
SEAL SITTERS FEATURED IN AMERICAN CETACEAN SOCIETY NEWSLETTER (Fall, 2009) The Puget Sound chapter of ACS featured an article on Seal Sitters in the fall issue of their newsletter. Read the article.
SEAL SITTERS FEATURED IN SEATTLE TIMES (July 26, 2009) The Seattle Times features a "Local News" cover story article on Seal Sitters. Read the story by environmental reporter Lynda Mapes.
TEEN SEAL SITTERS FEATURED IN SCHOLASTIC ACTION MAGAZINE (February 23, 2009) Seal Sitters Max and Nikki are featured in the February issue of the national educational publication Scholastic Action which is distributed to schools across the U.S. Read the magazine article here (pages 17-19). The article also features photos by Seal Sitters' photographer, Robin Lindsey.
SUPERSCIENCE MAGAZINE FEATURES YOUNG SEAL SITTERS (February 2, 2009) The current issue of SuperScience, a magazine distributed to over 550,000 schools in the U.S,, contains an article about Anasophia and A'ine, two young people who are dedicating hours to seal sitting. Read the magazine article here.
SEAL PUP REHAB AND RELEASE (March 2008) This little seal pup was “on death’s door” when found by a Seal Sitter volunteer, rescued from a West Seattle beach by PAWS and taken to their facility for rehab. Weighing a mere 28 pounds at the time and suffering from parasitic infestation, he was a respectable 70-pound ball of blubber when released back into Puget Sound two months later. Here “Lucky” looks back to thank PAWS staffers and the SS volunteer before swimming off with a second chance at life.
ORION MAGAZINE FEATURES PETERSON ARTICLE “SAVING SEALS” (January 2008) Orion Magazine, one of the premier periodicals on nature, culture and the environment, featured an article by Seal Sitter Brenda Peterson, “Saving Seals: Our duties in this world and beyond” in the January/February issue. “Two friends keep watch over a baby seal hauled up on a beach. Both are compelled by a love of this world, though one is seduced by thoughts of the next.” ~ Orion Click here to read the article in its entirety.
SEAL SITTERS ON EVENING NEWS Brenda Peterson, founding member of Seal Sitters and internationally renowned novelist and nature writer, is interviewed on Alki Beach by Seattle television station KING 5 (NBC). She discusses the educational work that Seal Sitters performs and the importance of protecting harbor seal pups in an urban environment. See media links below.