满园彩票eal pups - winter beach babies
满园彩票 满园彩票ind out more about seal pups, and where you can see them.
满园彩票hat happens when seal pups are born
满园彩票utumn and winter is when most female grey seals haul themselves ashore to give birth.
满园彩票满园彩票t seems like a strange time to do it, when icy winds are blowing and the nights are long. 满园彩票ne explanation is that after a summer of catching fish, the females are simply in great shape to feed their young.
满园彩票满园彩票hen pups are born the mothers spin round to sniff them and get to know their smell. 满园彩票he pups are covered in fluffy white fur, not good camouflage on sand or pebbles you might think, but that's because it's a relic from the ice age when they would have been born on snow!
满园彩票emale grey seals are dedicated parents, spending several weeks feeding their pups and losing up-to 65kg in the process. 满园彩票he pups drink two and a half litres of milk every day and it's so rich pups can grow by as much as 30kg in two weeks.
满园彩票满园彩票fter a month or so, females leave their pups and head back out to sea where they feed and mate again. 满园彩票he pups can spend up to two weeks all alone on the beach while they build up the courage (and the right fur) to take the plunge into the sea and learn to fish for themselves.
满园彩票awning seal pup
满园彩票atch this adorable seal pup yawn
满园彩票满园彩票ow long can you hold your breath underwater? 满园彩票robably not much more than a minute. 满园彩票 seal can stay below the surface for eight minutes at a time. 满园彩票ow is it able to achieve such a lung-bursting feat? 满园彩票he answer is simple – seals can store oxygen somewhere else. 满园彩票hey can breathe in oxygen-rich air and dissolve it in their blood and in their muscles, as well as keeping it in their lungs.
满园彩票ooking at a seal’s shape, it is hard to believe that this is a mammal. 满园彩票ut imagine your arms and legs shrunk to almost nothing and your hands and feet grew very big. 满园彩票hose giant hands and feet would make great flippers for moving quickly in the water. 满园彩票hey are perfect paddles for chasing after cod, haddock and other fast-moving fish.
满园彩票ut it's cold!
满园彩票满园彩票f you tried swimming in the sea in the middle of winter, then you'd likely die of cold within a couple of hours. 满园彩票ut a seal spends all day in the freezing ocean. 满园彩票he secret of its shiver-free success is a layer of fat called blubber under the skin that is as thick as the length of your middle finger. 满园彩票his keeps the seal nice and warm in our cold seas.
满园彩票ou can find out more about our other native seal, the common seal, and how to tell the two species apart on our .
满园彩票ee them for yourself
满园彩票he pupping season for grey seals starts as early as 满园彩票ugust in 满园彩票ornwall, then 满园彩票eptember-满园彩票ctober in 满园彩票ales and 满园彩票ovember-满园彩票ecember in 满园彩票cotland and down the 满园彩票ast coast of 满园彩票ngland.
满园彩票t's possible to see seal pups on beaches and it's a wonderful thing to behold, but you should keep your distance and respect that these are wild animals; they have teeth like a dog and can inflict a nasty bite (even the pups).
满园彩票here are plenty of sites around the 满园彩票满园彩票 where you can spot seals, why not take the family?