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First seal pup birth of the season on Seabird Centre cameras

First seal pup on Seabird Centre cameras

First seal pup on Seabird Centre cameras

The award-winning visitor attraction, the Scottish Seabird Centre, is delighted to confirm that the first grey seal pup birth of the season has been spotted on the Seabird Centre’s interactive live cameras.

Discovery Centre staff member, Claudia Gehrig, and the Seabird Centre volunteers spotted the new pup at approx. 11:30 on Thursday 2 October. They estimate that the pup, which has been named Toby, was born the day before.

Grey seal pups have white fluffy coats and big eyes, which make them very popular with visitors of all ages. They can be seen via the screens in the Discovery Centre, with interactive live cameras located out on the Isle of May National Nature Reserve, which is owned by Scottish Natural Heritage.

As well as new-born youngsters, there are a large number of female seals, known as cows, on the beach which look close to giving birth.

Andy Dickson, Discovery Centre Manager, said: “There aren’t many places in the world that you can see seals giving birth live on camera – it is our own version of One Born Every Minute and the reality of nature before our very eyes.

“Given the number of expectant mothers we can see on the beach at the moment, there will undoubtedly be a spate of seal pups arriving over the next few weeks. It really is amazing when you see them being born.”

To view the seal pup on video please click here First seal pup of 2014 on Seabird Centre cameras.

The Scottish Seabird Centre is also reminding people to stay away from any seals and pups that are seen on Scotland’s beaches. While they may look cute they can be dangerous and will bite. A pup may look abandoned, but it is very likely that its mother is close by. If they get human scent on them, they could be abandoned.

Tom Brock OBE, Chief Executive of the Scottish Seabird Centre, adds: “This is a great time of year to spot wildlife around our coasts. Scotland is internationally important for its grey seals – around 36% of the world’s grey seals breed in the UK, of which 90% are colonies in Scotland. However seals carry bacteria which are extremely dangerous to humans and other animals.

“The Seabird Centre recommends that people do not get too close to seals and to keep dogs strictly under control. This is important for their own safety and to ensure that the pups are not disturbed or harmed.

“If members of the public see seals in distress, whether pups or adults, they are advised to phone the Seabird Centre on 01620 890202 or the Scottish SPCA on 03000 999 999.”

 

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