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This grey seal pup hauled ashore on the old slip leading from Cromwell to the East Beach. Local residents called the rangers and everyone was warned to keep away: “dinnae scare him and dinnae gie him ony o’ yer germs, and they bite, ken?”.

The pup was monitored by rangers and the next day ‘ran away to sea’ whilst still a youngster.

Photo 1 by Kenny Maule (at a distance with a telephoto setting)

Note: Seals eat primarily fish, using their whiskers for locating prey. Seals can feel the slightest movements in the water. In that way, seals can ‘see’ in turbulent water where the fish are, up to a distance of 100 meters. Flatfish, lesser sandeel and cod species are their favorite food when available. Pups must teach themselves to catch fish after nursing ends. Their mother doesn’t teach them the tricks. In this period, young seals lose a lot of weight. But eventually, most of them learn it in time. Phew!

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