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City of Carpinteria - Home of the World's Safest Beach

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Carpinteria is home to a Harbor Seal Rookery. SEALWATCH volunteers monitor the rookery to inform the public about the seals and laws that protect them. Volunteers also collect data about seal behavior and seal disturbances.

  • What to do if you see a seal or seal pup on the beach?
    • Do not touch the animal. Seals are protected by the Federal Marine Mammal Protection Act that restricts handling to only licensed persons.
    • Stay a good distance away from the animal so as not to frighten it. Caution other beach goers to do the same. Ask dog owners to remove their pets from the beach.
    • Seal pups are often left on the beach while their mothers feed. Stay far away and help to prevent others from disturbing the pup. If you approach the pup you may prevent the mother from returning. Do not walk between the water and the pup.
    • Call one of the following to make a report or ask for further information.

Beach Seal Etiquette (leaving the City's web site)

  • The Seal Rookery beach area is closed between December 1 and May 31, of each year, to protect pregnant mothers and pups from disturbances.

  • The closure area is located 750’ to the east and west of the Casitas Pier, pursuant to Municipal Code 12.24.090.

  • Disturbances are also prohibited by the Federal Marine Mammal Protection Act, which can impose a fine up to $10,000 and or one year in prison for disturbances of the seals.

  • More Information and Emergency Contacts:

    • SEALWATCH Contact Info: (805) 684-2247

    • Marine Mammal Hotline: (805) 687-3255

    • State Beach: (805) 684-2811

      • For Law Enforcement and Public Safety Services: All Emergencies: 911

      • Non Emergencies: (805) 683-2724

      • City of Carpinteria: (805) 684-5405

ADDITIONAL INFO:

David Hernandez, Code Compliance Officer I
telephone (805) 755-4418

Hours 8 am – 5pm (Sat/Sun Call )
telephone (805) 755-4418 for assistance)


Contact the City of Carpinteria at:
5775 Carpinteria Avenue, Carpinteria, CA 93013 (805) 684-5405 (805) 684-5304 FAX

Hours: 8am-5pm, Mon.-Fri. Closed holidays
 

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