Monday 26th September comments: We’ve been waiting and today was the day; our first Grey Seal pup of the autumn! Around mid-morning, a Cow (female) Seal gave birth to a healthy pup on the island; the first of nearly 2,500 which will be born on here over the next few months.
Its great news for the colony to finally have our first pup (slightly later than normal – we expect our first in mid-September) but now we can look forward to many more. Grey Seal pups completely depend on their mother for valuable milk for the first three weeks of life but then after that, have to fend for themselves.
The Isle of May is a very important nursery for Grey Seals as the island boasts one of the biggest colonies in the UK. The number of adults arrive at the island now is increasing daily and we’ll keep you posted of developments.