Happy New Year all! I had a fabulous Christmas and New Year and I hope you had an amazing time too. Thinking about New Year, it reminds me of a splendid visit that I’ve experienced along the coastline, watching the extremely gorgeous grey seals along with their new-born pups. So, I’m taking this opportunity to share along with you and hence, let me talk through more about it.
Winter is the best time to watch grey seals as this is their main breeding season and I saw thousands of seals nestling around the seashore along with their tender-looking newborn pups, some mother seals fed their cuddly newborn pups, some ginormous male seals rolled over to get smeared over by sand whereas some seals found interesting to dive into the water and lastly, some intelligent mammals took an adventurous step by crawling onto mountains of rocky stones and all-in-all, it was a rare sight to watch. Also, I was fortunate enough to see two hefty male seals made a quintessential setting by showcasing their power by ending up in a fight. To be honest, the whole setup looks so special and incredibly eye drooling to watch.
These curious grey seals are the cleverest mammals one could see as they know how to use the landscape (water, sand, rocks and bushes) really well. And, when it comes to pup nourishment, scientific facts shows that these female seals feed their pups regularly and it seems like pups put on weight like 2 kg/day as their mother’s milk tend towards like condensed milk which in turn give their pups enough goodness and the flubber-y skin that they need to keep warm during this winter
Even though, these seals looks so heavy but in reality, they move so fast and that’s why, these sea animals are always kept restricted from mankind by fence all along the coastline as it just takes few minutes to cross over the shore and another key fact is that they could swim only for 30 mins in water and then, they will comeback to the shore for breathing and relaxing and the maximum length that they could within an hour is 19km, which is remarkably a tremendous achievement when compared to their size.
When it comes to body colour, a newborn seal pup looks more like white coloured and after three weeks, it turns into spotty grey-coloured and then, an older male or female seal looks more like black-coloured.
Well, how did you spend your Christmas and New Year? Please share along your thoughts and experiences and as always, I would love to hear from you.
Have a wonderful midweek and see you soon in my next post.