Friday 2nd October comments: Grey Seal Pup! We are celebrating (later than normal) our first Grey Seal pup of the autumn. The pup was discovered this morning on the north end of the island and confirms the late start to the season as we normally expect our first pup by mid-September.
Female Grey Seals pup on the Isle of May from October-December (peaking early-November) and almost 2,500 will be born during this period making it one of the most significant Grey Seal pup nurseries in the UK. The mothers will feed their pups with milk for 16-21 days during which time the pup will gain an average of 30kg (66lbs). During the lactation period the female will lose up to 65kg (143lbs) of her body weight. Thereafter the pup will moult and the mother will leave as it has reached independence (it’s a harsh upbringing, independent at just 21 days!)
So the season is finally underway and hopefully our first pup will survive and soon we’ll have plenty more pups to tell you about. Remember if you visit a Seal colony please keep a safe distance 9dont get too close), avoid any disturbance and ensure the seals are not stressed (keep quiet) as mothers can abandon pups if frightened off. For more information check out the website: https://www.nature.scot/plants-animals-and-fungi/mammals/marine-mammals/seals