Sunday, March 29, 2009

Grey Seal

Dark blue dots show records since 2000
Mid blue dots show records from 1990 - 2000
Light blue dots show records from before 1990
Primarly a coastal species, the grey seal also ventures along the Cleddau Estuary as far as the weir at Haverfordwest, and Blackpool Mill on the Eastern Cleddau. There are also records from Grassholm and the Smalls.
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For some seal sounds: This sounds like a group of seals on a pebble beach. Seals are not particularly sociable animals, but are often forced to haul-out together on small beaches to sleep (they can cat-nap in the water but have to come onto land to sleep properly). The calls are consistent with animals trying to find a space on the beach, and disturbing others as they do so. The calls are usually from the disturbed animals, telling the newcomer to go away. There are some snorts as an animal blows its nose. And the sounds of pebbles clattering as animals move across the beach. This is a baby seal, a pup less than three weeks old. It seems to be trying to attract attention, either from its mother who is probably in the water nearby, or just communicating with any other seal pup on the same beach. They can sound remarkably like human babies at times.

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