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infamousboone

fresh water seal?

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infamousboone

I was out last week breaking in my recently acquired VLX (love it btw) on lake washington in seattle, when I noticed a head sticking out the water about 50 feet off my port side. at first I thought it was a water rat (pretty common in the lake). But after seeing it several more times I realized it was far to big for a water rat and as I got closer I noticed its flippers as it would dive. i have never heard of fresh water seal and my only thought is that it some how got through the locks that lead to the puget sound.

any seattle area boaters ever seen this seal before?

ever heard of a fresh water seal?

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jkendallmsce
I was out last week breaking in my recently acquired VLX (love it btw) on lake washington in seattle, when I noticed a head sticking out the water about 50 feet off my port side. at first I thought it was a water rat (pretty common in the lake). But after seeing it several more times I realized it was far to big for a water rat and as I got closer I noticed its flippers as it would dive. i have never heard of fresh water seal and my only thought is that it some how got through the locks that lead to the puget sound.

any seattle area boaters ever seen this seal before?

ever heard of a fresh water seal?

Ballard Locks + inquistive seal = fresh water seal

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Bill_AirJunky

We used to see them in Lake Union pretty frequently. Sounds like you just found one that wandered thru the Montlake Cut too.

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Shine
I was out last week breaking in my recently acquired VLX (love it btw) on lake washington in seattle, when I noticed a head sticking out the water about 50 feet off my port side. at first I thought it was a water rat (pretty common in the lake). But after seeing it several more times I realized it was far to big for a water rat and as I got closer I noticed its flippers as it would dive. i have never heard of fresh water seal and my only thought is that it some how got through the locks that lead to the puget sound.

any seattle area boaters ever seen this seal before?

ever heard of a fresh water seal?

There is, at times, a large 'herd' of seals that get fat and lazy camping by the fish ladder at Bonnevile Dam. Bonneville Dam is 40 miles east of 1-5/Portland on the Columbia. Soooo, 150+ miles from salt water.

There is an ongoing debate on the how to remove them. So far they have tried traps, selective rifle hunts and some knucklehead even shot a few that were already trapped.

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Green_Giant

Sure it wasn't a big otter? I see those all the time in lake wa. Several of them are always camped out on my buddies Nautique, crapping on the cover! And since we're on the topic of nasty animals, I also amost skied over an idiot raccoon swimming to Bellevue one morning this summer....

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Pistol Pete

I've seen a deer swim across a lake. Not a short swim to an island either.

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DIE2SURF
I was out last week breaking in my recently acquired VLX (love it btw) on lake washington in seattle, when I noticed a head sticking out the water about 50 feet off my port side. at first I thought it was a water rat (pretty common in the lake). But after seeing it several more times I realized it was far to big for a water rat and as I got closer I noticed its flippers as it would dive. i have never heard of fresh water seal and my only thought is that it some how got through the locks that lead to the puget sound.

any seattle area boaters ever seen this seal before?

ever heard of a fresh water seal?

There is, at times, a large 'herd' of seals that get fat and lazy camping by the fish ladder at Bonnevile Dam. Bonneville Dam is 40 miles east of 1-5/Portland on the Columbia. Soooo, 150+ miles from salt water.

There is an ongoing debate on the how to remove them. So far they have tried traps, selective rifle hunts and some knucklehead even shot a few that were already trapped.

We get them in Sacramento every year. The fishermen HATE them since they steal fish-on. Good seals, good seals... heh.

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Baddog

Leave them be. they were in the water way before you were.

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MalibuTime
I've seen a deer swim across a lake. Not a short swim to an island either.

When I was a kid we came across a moose swimming out to one of the islands on Priest Lake. Maybe a 1/2 mile swim.

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