Thursday, 31 October 2013

31st of October: First Seal Pup

As viewers of BBC Autumnwatch will already have learned last night, the first Grey Seal pup of this autumn has been born on Blakeney Point. It was found yesterday (30th of October) and here it is:
Photography by Paul Nichols
(who was careful not to disturb the pup)

The story of the first pup was covered in this article in the Eastern Daily press.

Throughout November and December more and more pups will be born. Last winter the total was 1,223. Follow our blog to stay up to date with the pupping period as it progresses.

Last week we saw a tagged bull Grey Seal on the Point, which we reported to the Sea Mammal Research Unit in Scotland. It turns out he was rescued from Newcastle as a juvenile last December and named 'King Tut'. The RSPCA East Winch wildlife centre then released him at Sutton Bridge in Lincolnshire this July.

In other news, Ajay is currently featured on the East of England Conservation blog.

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