A herd of elephant seals that moved onto a California seashore throughout January’s authorities shutdown reveals no signal of giving up its newly gained territory anytime quickly.
“As you will have heard, Drakes Seaside is beneath new administration,” Level Reyes Nationwide Seashore wrote on Fb on Friday afternoon. “Elephant seals have taken over!!!”
The submit stated that whereas the seashore would stay closed to people this weekend “on the path of the brand new administration,” the close by street and parking zone can be open throughout the day for elephant seal viewing.
Earlier this week, SFGate reported that round 50 to 60 grownup elephant seals had made themselves snug on the seashore and round 35 pups had been born. The seals additionally plowed by means of a fence to spill out into the adjoining parking space.
They did this all whereas wildlife administration employees had been furloughed because of the authorities shutdown.
John Dell’Osso, chief of interpretation and useful resource schooling at Level Reyes Nationwide Seashore, advised Vice that if the shutdown hadn’t been underway, employees would have been round to discourage the seals from congregating within the space, probably utilizing tarps and waving at them to maneuver off.
However now that pups have arrived, it’s finest for the seals that they be allowed to remain, no less than for some time.
“They’re at a important time: the pups have been born there, they’re nursing,” Dell’Osso advised The Guardian. “We’re not going to disrupt that course of.”