In 2007 when harbor seals began hauling out on urban beaches around Puget Sound, overly zealous people and sometimes with their dogs couldn't resist getting a closer look at the spotted pinnipeds. Sadly, if a harbor seal pup has much intervention with us, it could be abandoned by its mother. That's a death sentence.
This is when Seal Sitters formed to create a safe zone for the seals when hauling out in urban areas. They also educate the public about the seals.