After a fine breakfast at the Eatery in Trinidad this morning, David Bender, myself and some friends walked down the steps of the trail by the light house to Indian Beach. On the beach was an injured Sea Lion pup laying on the sand. David called a phone number that was listed at the Fred Telonicher Marine Lab for just such purposes (not porpoises). Being a Sunday and a 3 day holiday weekend, he was only able to reach a machine. He called somewhere in San Francisco where he was able to reach someone that just said to stay away from the pup so that it's mother would feel safe to return to him. That is the standard response to abandoned or injured Sea Lion pups, leave them alone. We gave it lots of space and wondered if its mother would return for him and how bad his injuries were. You can see a small bloody spot just above his right front flipper. It's like he hit a rock while swimming or something.
David asked if there was anybody I knew that we could call and I suggested Pete Nichols of Humboldt Baykeeper. He returned the call and said he would find someone to come and check the little guy out. On a 3 day holiday weekend, Mr. Nichols was not only returning calls but rallying his troops to get some help for this injured pup. This is not what Humboldt Baykeeper usually does. They mostly focus on clean water, pollution testing, outreach and awareness. I want to thank Humboldt Baykeeper and Mr. Nichols for working on the holiday weekend to help local wildlife when the people that would normally do this weren't available.