Grey Seals at Horsey Gap, again

Hii guys! So excited to tell you about my amazing day with the Conservation and Wildlife society and (obviously) show you a million photos from the trip! The day started early for David and myself, dragging ourselves to the coach pick up at UEA, followed by accidentally sitting in front of the loudest, most annoying person ever the whole journey there. No good start 😛 I was so close to my breaking point, but as British social law has it, I just sat there, gritted my teeth and denied myself the chance of asking her to tone it down a bit. However, everything got better when we all got of the bus, and I could put the noisy girl behind me forever, and we headed off up the dunes to see the seals on the coast! I went last year, but no question of a doubt, this year was so much better! The weather was incredible for a little hour or two whilst we were out there, and this time I remembered to bring my camera! I took a million photos, but also observed the creatures! Quite nice to sit there and observe and realize I was looking at the whole situation with a keener eye than last year, looking a bit more at them in terms of an like an ecologist, wondering about their behaviour, their communication, their spacial distribution and much more! This year they have taken extra precaution for the seals, after last years tidal surge disaster leaving a huge amount of dead pups on the beaches. Dog walkers are restricted from walking in certain areas, and a lot of volunteers have worked to raise last years survivors, in addition to other stuff to do as much as they can to make sure the populations can recuperate after last year.

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David in the Marram Grass!

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Selfie!

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Lovely Steph!

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Steph, Jeff, myself and Maya!

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Maya and I

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Steph taking photos!

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After we watched the seals for a while we headed towards the Local Pub called Nelson’s Head and I had a delicious burger! Sunday lunch in a pub by the coast, you don’t get much more British than that! After dinner we headed out towards the local nature reserve to do some bird spotting, which luckily didn’t last that long (I was tired and with no binoculaurs) as the sun sets so soon now in winter! An absolutely amazing day, it was lovely to take my mind off the worries of work and do something in the fresh air with friends! I had such a good time with Maya, Steph, David, Jeff and Ben. Lovely people!

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David and I taken by Stephany Skipp!

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Maya and I taken by Steph

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The gang by Steph.

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The delicious burger taken by Steph.

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Me taking a photo, taken by David Bean.

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Jeff and Steph taken by David.

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Maya and I taken by Steph!

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Here is a little film I made from the day! I got quite into filming the seals and how they behaved! The grey seals are easiest to observe this time of year, when they all come ashore to breed and raise their pups. During this season the male bulls also arrive at the beach and fight with each other and secure the best territories which are positioned best for the chance to mate with the (females). Unlucky pups that happen to get in the way of territories and fights might just get killed!  The mothers feed and protect their pups for around three weeks, before leaving them to face the adult world. However, the pups are already quite strong at this point, having built up wuite a considerable fat reserve and grown rapidly during their three week feast of their mothers rich and fatty milk (source)! Tried capturing some of these events on camera, what do you think? Spot anything interesting?

Grey Seals at Horsey Gap, Norfolk UK from Eleanor Charnock on Vimeo.

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