Roughly half of the world’s population of grey seals are found around Britain.
Grey seals come ashore to breed – the breeding site is known as a rookery. The females arrive at the rookery and will usually give birth a day later. They feed their pups for the first 3 weeks. After the pup is weaned, the mother will leave. Over the next few weeks the pup will moult its soft white coat for a mottled waterproof one. Within 3 weeks the pup will have its adult fur and when it starts to feel hunger it will make its way to the sea where it will learn to swim and to feed for itself.
We visited a rookery on the beach between Winterton and Horsey Gap in Norfolk.
We arrived at Winterton and walked along the sand dunes for about 20 minutes until we found a good spot to watch the seals.
The seals had made their way up from the sand onto the grassy dunes and were sleeping in between them.
It was such a beautiful sight to see and witness but also sad to see that there were a few pups that had not made it past the first few weeks of their lives. This may have been because the Cow (Mum) had been disturbed and she abandoned her pup to get away.
We sat and watched in awe at the beauty surrounding us.
We listened to the waves crashing against the shore line and to the screaming sound of the Cow and pup communicating with each other.
You are advised to keep a safe distance from the seal as they can have nasty bite but it is hard to see them when walking with in the dunes. We stumbled across a few who were sleeping and only noticed them at the last minute.
When they move they can move pretty fast.
They are such beautiful creatures, with cute little faces. they almost remind me of fat dogs with no legs.
After over an hour of walking along the beach we made our way back to the car. Winterton is a popular destination for dog walkers because of the long sandy stretch of beach. We visited the same beach in the summer and stayed close by at Hermanus Holiday Site, read about it here