While I was walking along an estuary in the Hood Canal the other day, I was startled by a cry in a small water channel at low tide. It was a newborn harbor seal pup swimming unattended. It appeared to be only a few days old since the pink umbilical cord was still hanging down from the pup’s belly. There was no sign of the mom or other seals nearby. The pup was as curious about me as I was about him.