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Horsey Grey Seals

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Since moving over the border from Norfolk into Suffolk we’ve found so many interesting places to visit and explore along the coast ,this being one of them The Horsey Seals, although this is actually just going back over the border on the Norfolk side ..
We enjoyed a special day yesterday observing the Seals along the coast .
During the months of November to February a colony of Grey Seals come onto the beach at Horsey, to breed. This is one of the few accessible mainland Grey Seal breeding sites in the UK. Grey Seals are one of the largest mammals and around half of the world’s population are found in Britain, so the Horsey Colony is therefore one of the best sites in the world to see seal pups. This stretch of east coast is part of the Norfolk Coast Area of Outstanding Natural Beauty and is well known for its scenery and wildlife
They arrive in their hundreds .
The females (cows) arrive on the beach first. They will then give birth the following day and feed their young pups milk for three weeks, while keeping a close eye. The males (bulls) arrive some time later and compete for space on the beach next to a female, with the fittest bulls getting the best positions. They will then mate, with the pregnant females returning here to give birth next year. Grey Seal’s are very territorial and fight for their space. Sadly pups straying into another seals territory could get injured or even killed. After around 3 weeks, the seal pup’s are weaned and the female’s will then leave. Over the next few weeks the young pups will shed their white coat for a new waterpoof mottled coat and eventually make their way into the sea to learn how to feed themselves.


It absolutely poured with rain we got soaked , was it worth it .. Yes definitely .
I hope you enjoy seeing them as much as we did …

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Aren't they gorgeous - make sure you go back in a while and watch the parents keeping guard on the seaward side while the pups learn to swim! You usually would have to take a boat trip to secluded islands to see so many - you are fortunate!

4 Dec, 2018

 

That's lovely, Amy.

4 Dec, 2018

 

Such a hard life for them isn't it? The pups look so adorable in their white coats. Fancy, three weeks and then 'you're on your own' Poor little mites.

4 Dec, 2018

 

What a special place. A splendid visit despite the weather, thank you for sharing.

4 Dec, 2018

 

Wow amazing to see this. I'm surprised how close you can get to them. They seem as curious about you too. I'd be tempted to take one home but I know that's ill advised. Nice blog Amy.

4 Dec, 2018

 

We shall be taking regular trips back to watch their progress ,The mums are always very close by ,we believe we witnessed a mum trying to steal a baby pup , she was wandering about heading straight for various pups the other mums instantly shooed it away , they make a loud noise almost like a dog bark ..

4 Dec, 2018

 

Just a wonderful sight Amy..and one of my favourite Animals..I know there is a similar place near Mablethorpe ,but we had just missed them,when we stayed with our friends there..I think it was well worth getting wet through,to be able to see them..Hope you manage to return .and take more lovely photo's to show us ..xxx

4 Dec, 2018

 

The pups look cuddly, even if they aren't. Have you tried singing to them, Amy? Lots of folk tales about seals responding to music.

5 Dec, 2018

 

Lovely to see the seals Amy, though we lived that way for most of my life, I have never seen them! My Father used to be a Baker's Roundsman all along the coast from Bacton-Horsey, Waxham and beyond. Decades ago of course when Bakers used to deliver. We used to travel with him and help bag up Hot Cross Buns, wouldn't be allowed now of course for all sorts of reasons.
We lived inland and spent many happy hours on Waxham, Sea Palling and nearby beaches. Empty in those days, don't know about now.

5 Dec, 2018

 

We will be going back Sandra they are definitely worth seeing again .
Eirlys if I sang to them they would flee back into the ocean I promise you I'm tone deaf they wouldn't want to hear me ,Hubby tried imitating their bark ,they didn't take any notice of him..
Honeysuckle I haven't been to those beaches yet , we did stop at Hemsby I wanted to go on the beach to see how many houses had fallen into the sea there was nothing to see the area was cordoned off and any fallen homes removed .
Gosh what memories you've brought back of the bakers delivery van , we lived in a tiny village the bakers van would arrive with its hot loaves all shapes and sizes the smell and taste of it was so deliciuos , I loved it if we had the chance to go to the bake house to buy more it was so hot and warm inside ,golly I can smell it now , what a shame villages have lost these delights ..

5 Dec, 2018

 

Lovely Amy. We managed to het fairly close to some on the Isle of Arran many years ago. But later I realised ots not great to get too close as it just stresses them. I have often wondered wherabouts you live. My ancestors on my Father’sside come from Norfolk and Suffolk. Its an area I have never visited, but I will one day!

5 Dec, 2018

bjs
Bjs
 

That is great pictures never realized there were so many there and your informative description makes the blog special xx

6 Dec, 2018

 

Karen we moved from Norfolk to Oulton Broad just over the border into Suffolk , Do you have any information about your fathers ancestors names ,where they lived etc. I might find their names in a churchyard if I know the places where they lived .. If you do make the trip please let me know :o)
Thanks Brian I'm pleased you enjoyed it x

6 Dec, 2018

 

Oooh...thanks Amy...I'll PM you x

6 Dec, 2018

 

Great & informative blog, Amy! I didn't realise they bred on the mainland as I thought they only spent their time on the tiny islets & rocks around the North Sea coast.

6 Dec, 2018

 

I'm glad you enjoyed reading about the seals David :o)

7 Dec, 2018

 

Thank you Amy for this fascinating blog.
They are so endearing and resilient. The combination of what they are and where they are found makes them very special. They seem to be as curious about us as we are about them.

7 Dec, 2018

 

What a great informative blog, I`ve enjoyed it so much Amy, its wonderful that you have some great places to visit.

7 Dec, 2018

 

Fantastic.

7 Dec, 2018

 

It must have been wonderful to see them Amy :)

9 Dec, 2018

 

Thank you for your comments Chris ,Stroller ,Linda and Hywel ,the seal are special we feel privalidged to be able to view them up close , they do have a rope across the sand dunes which they ask you not to cross but the seals come right up to it and the path ..

10 Dec, 2018

 

Really enjoyed seeing them Amy, and the baby with a huge Mum! Poor Mum, she gives birth then off she goes again with another baby developing... Beautiful animals, they take me back to Blakeney, when we took Clo on the seal trip, I had the feeling we were being watched more than we were watching them!....

11 Dec, 2018

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