Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Baby Seals Brave Storms to Arrive on Farnes Early

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Baby Seals Brave Storms to Arrive on Farnes Early

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THE first seal pups of the year have started to appear on one of Britain's most important sealife habitats.

Braving the stormy weather, the blubbery babies have arrived slightly earlier this year on the Farne Islands, off the Northumberland coast.

The islands have the second biggest Atlantic grey seal colony in England, with 2,295 born last year.

But following a run of good conditions, there are high hopes that number may be topped this time round.

National Trust ranger Jen Clark said: "Last year we had 2,295 seal pups born on the islands but it's been a good season for food, so we're expecting more than that this year.

"We don't check their health but we do monitor mortality rates, so we go out every four days and count the seal pups.

"We don't want to double count them so we spray the pups that we've counted a colour and when we go back out we spray the new ones a different colour.

"Bad storms will affect the numbers and that's why the mortality rate is quite high here, about 30%, and that will be because of the storms. …

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