Share the Shore: Watch Marine Mammals Responsibly

In the age of selfies and social media it’s easy to get caught up in the excitement of being close to wildlife and sharing photos. For seals and sea lions that rest on our beaches, close encounters with people are harmful. Continued disturbances may cause mothers to abandon their pups.

You’re too close if an animal starts to stare, fidget, or flee into the water. Even if you don't see these reactions, keep yourself and your pets at least 100 yards from seals and sea lions to make sure you're not disrupting important behavior, such as resting, feeding, nursing or breeding. 

Remember, it is a violation of federal law to harass seals and sea lions.

Share the shore with seals and sea lions. Bring your binoculars and enjoy them from a safe distance to protect their health, and yours.

General Resources

Share the Shore Brochure

Marine Mammals viewing guidelines & ID Guide

FAQs: Elephant Seals

FAQs: California Sea Lions

FAQs: Do Not Feed Marine Mammals 

No Selfies with Seals postcard

No Selfies with Seals poster

Ocean Etiquette program