Alameda Point Environmental Report: Harbor seals adapting to new float, August 12, 2016


A new concrete float for harbor seals was delivered to Alameda Point on June 22. It is the first-of-its-kind on the West Coast. With seals starting to use the new platform, a milestone has been reached culminating two-and-a-half years of citizen advocacy to maintain a resting site for harbor seals at Alameda Point. A ferry maintenance facility is slated to begin construction this summer where the seals have been finding solitude for over a decade. The new float will be anchored 300 yards away to the east.

n an effort to acclimate the seals to their new float and surroundings, the float is being moved in stages to its permanent location. It will be anchored a hundred yards offshore from the Bay Trail near the soccer field on West Hornet Avenue.

The old wooden dock that the seals had been using for a decade was demolished on July 11 in order to prompt the seals to start using the new float. On July 28, the float underwent its first move, followed by a second move on Tuesday, August 9. Two more moves are scheduled in the next four weeks.