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PostSubject: Photo of the Week   Fri Oct 18, 2013 5:04 pm

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You know that really satisfying feeling you get after a large, delicious meal? Well it looks like this Grey Seal pup is having it.

Here in the UK we're lucky enough to have more than half of the worlds Grey Seal population around our coast, and between September and November the females come ashore to give birth to their pups. The milk they produce for their young is almost sixty per cent fat, so the pups can increase in weight by almost two kilos every day.
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PostSubject: Re: Photo of the Week   Fri Oct 18, 2013 5:05 pm

Here in the UK we're lucky enough to have more than half of the worlds Grey seal population around our coastline. Between September and November the females come ashore to give birth to their pups.

The strange thing about Grey seal pups is their colour. The young of most animals have colours that blend in with their background to keep them hidden and protect them from predators. With Grey seals it appears that the opposite is true.

In fact the white fur is a throwback to our last ice age. White pups would be well camouflaged in a snow covered landscape, and these white fur coats show that Grey seals evolved thousands of years ago at a time when these islands were covered with ice and snow. Nowadays this white fur makes the pups too conspicuous, and they begin to moult and darken within just a few days of birth.

Some of the best places to watch seals in the UK are:
Blakeney Point, Norfolk
The Farne Islands
The Isles of Scilly
Skomer Island
Cardigan Bay
The Hebrides
Strangford Lough
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PostSubject: Re: Photo of the Week   Mon Oct 21, 2013 6:04 pm

Oh how I would love a cuddle, absolutely gorgeous. We have a seal sanctuary at Gweek which I visited many years ago and want to again. The trouble is, as you know I am very tactile and they wouldn't t let us stroke any one.

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