Letter to the editor: July 6-12

The Editor:

Earlier this week the lifeless body of a newborn seal pup was washed onto the rocks in the Blaine Marina. This senseless death came after days of reports and phone calls to the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA), the Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network and Blaine Marina.

None took responsibility or action to assist this tiny animal in distress; even after it was reported that the pub was blind (his eyes were still closed from birth), was treading deep water around the boats crying and trying to nurse, and was apparently unable to find his way to a safe shore to get out of the water and rest.

Are meetings, phone calls and paperwork more important than going down to the docks to see for yourself and properly assess a situation? All these organizations – NOAA, Whatcom Marine Mammal Stranding Network and Blaine Marina – failed miserably in their mandate to protect the sea life of Washington and must stand accountable for that failure. I would like to hear what they have to say for themselves.

Betty Rainwater

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