So I went to the cove where I watch the black oyster catchers, and low and behold, this young male elephant seal wanders up on the beach. I called Marine Mammal Center to see what they wanted to do about him. He looked healthy and so I did not think they would rescue him but people are on this beach a lot and many bring their unleashed dogs (against city ordinance, i might add) to wander around.
MMC decided that they would put signs up asking people to leave him alone and mark his back with an oil based marker so that if he went back in the water or stayed there, they would know it was him. My understanding is that if he continues to stay on the beach and begins making lots of contact with humans, etc. that puts both him and the people and animals at risk. If he is as gentle as he looks in the top picture, then he might get hurt by that one crazy person that likes to hurt animals.
But after watching him take on these guys that were trying to mark on their backs and the fight he put up, i would not want to be on the receiving end of those teeth. Not to mention all the bad, nasty germs that are lurking around in his mouth.
The guy with the towel is trying to distract the eseal so the other young girl can mark on its back. They tried a blue marker but i was not showing up. So they switched to orange. It did not seem to show up very well, so i am not sure what will happen.
Also, if he keeps staying on this beach or keeps coming in and out of the beaches, he might need to be relocated to make him want to go out to sea like he should be..