A Wild Day

 

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Waves crashing into the west cliffs with winds gusting to 50mph

 

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White caps as far as the eye can see.

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Sleeping, blissfully unaware of the storm

Thursday 29th September comments: It has been a wild and windy day here on the island with the waves battering the cliffs and sending sea-spray over the island tops.  Visitor boats weren’t scheduled to sail, if they had they wouldn’t have made it out today with all the white caps across the sea. It certainly wouldn’t have been a pleasant crossing!

Luckily the new seal pup Monday is in a fairly sheltered area and you wouldn’t know of a westerly storm by looking at him; sleeping like a new born does.  Mother is close by keeping a watchful and caring eye on the little one. It won’t be long before the rest of the colony follow suit and the breeding season is in full swing. The sights, sounds and smells of a Grey Seal colony really are an experience to behold.

They will soon take over the island and the research starts, with a team coming from the Sea Mammal Research Unit to study the colonies for the winter. It’s incredible how the May changes so much through the seasons. If you do get a chance to come out this weekend, its our special Seal weekend where you’ll have a chance to talk to these experts and see our Grey Seals up close.

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