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Grey seal tracks

Observed: 6th February 2010 By: tootsietimtootsietim’s reputation in Mammalstootsietim’s reputation in Mammals
redwings, fieldfares. horsey 041
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Tracks left by a weened grey seal pup on the beach at Horsey. The beach was still partially frozen following a frost, otherwise I think a clearer impression of the body would have been seen

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tootsietim's picture

The grey seals have finished

The grey seals have finished pupping at Horsey now with nearly 300 young weaned. Around 200 adults and half a dozen or so young were hauled out on the beach, with several more visible in the water. the tracks of this youngster led up onto the beach in a large arc before returning to the sea. The sand surface was quite firm due to a frost, which I think is why the body of the pup hasn't left much of an impression.

the naturalist man's picture

Seal tracks

I'm glad you were so certain what made these tracks, I've never seen seal tracks in sand. I've always worked with grey seals on rocky shores and only studied common seal haulouts from the air or on a boat, never close enough to see such clear tracks.

Graham Banwell

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suesseals's picture

Seal tracks

Great photo. Well done. Actually this is an incredibly clear track... they are usually a lot more messed up when seals move over soft sand. Sticking my neck out here, but we try to test ourselves and work this kind of thing out.... so I'm prepared to be wrong. Was the seal moving from left to right?? Do you know? which way was the sea?

Sue
Cornwall Seal Group
www.cornwallsealgroup.co.uk

the naturalist man's picture

Seal movement

Hello Suesseals. This I can answer. If you look carefully you can see the sand always piles up to the side and slightly to the left hand side of each print. This would be caused by the flipper digging in and pushing backwards. Therefore, the seal was moving left to right.

Graham Banwell

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