Friday 21st October comments: The Grey Seal colonies of the North Sea are certainly starting to spring into action as the Isle of May has crept past 80 pups whilst the Farne Islands has reached 30 (we still wait the first pups further south in Lincolnshire and Norfolk).
As pup numbers increase today marked the arrival of some other important autumn guests; the Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) from St.Andrews. The team arrived today to once again base themselves on the island to continue their long-term studies on the seal populations and will be present until mid-December.
Arriving on an island for the first time is always a big event and the team of twelve has a lot of kit from three months’ worth of food to all the important field equipment. The Seal season is now and truly underway and we’ll bring you more trials and tribulations as they develop on the colonies.