I'm positive it was mentioned on the show a long time ago that Beth saw a seal on the beach and called some rescue organization because she didn't know they came out of the water and thought it must be injured. The supposedly recent story she told on Ellen was another one of their manufactured cutesy little bits they always do for their TV appearances - a few actual facts with a lot of bullshit and borrowed material thrown in. Just like the dildo juggling story and Howard talking to Apple the cat . This time they added in the photography and the ridiculous "saying thank you to the seal". They've lived on the beach long enough to know it's not unusual for seals to be there, Howard even mentioned seeing them before (Marksfriggin 03/08/10) : Howard said he was on a beach this weekend and saw a seal out sunning himself. He said if he could sit on a beach and watch that every day of the rest of his life, he'd be happy.