Alameda Sun: New Hope for Harbor Seals, July 14, 2016


A new cement float for harbor seals was delivered to Alameda Point on June 22. Seals had been staying on the existing, familiar wooden dock. On Monday, July 11, the Water Emergency Transportation Authority (WETA), the Bay Area’s ferry agency, removed that dock in preparation for building its maintenance facility.

If the seals decide to stay in the harbor, they will have to adapt to the new structure. As of the morning of Tuesday, July 12, four seals were already on the new float, a promising development.

Workers tied the new float to pilings alongside the old dock.

They will move it incrementally closer to Breakwater Beach, away from the planned ferry facility, moves that will allow time for the seals to adapt.