Lynn Shimamoto, a trained investigator with Seal Sitters, part of NOAA’s marine mammal stranding network, rescues an injured young harbor seal pup along the beach at Seacrest Park in West Seattle on Sunday. “We were concerned because it’s very thin and seems to have some respiratory issues,” said Shimamoto. Also, she added, “It keeps coming up on these really busy beaches,” and was recently chased by a dog into the water. Shimamoto says it is important for the public not to disturb marine wildlife. Wildlife hospitals will not accept drop-offs of marine animals from the public. If you observe an animal on a West Seattle beach in distress, call 206-905-SEAL or visit for more information.