Sealed with a kiss

03rd December 2014
I confess to much preferring the Norfolk coastline during the winter months when beaches are wide and clear of holiday collateral, the big skies are coloured in 50 shades of grey and the surf pounds out a constant rhythmic bass beat.

At this time of year you never quite know what you will find, flotsam and jetsam abandoned or cast overside of a passing vessel, a migrant bird flown in dazed and confused from distant foreign homes or if you are lucky a Grey Seal pup or two.

Grey Seals have been steadily increasing in numbers over the last few years and this year is looking like a record breaker along the Norfolk coast. You'll remember last year that the exceptionally high tides emptied the birthing beaches, resulting in a huge emotional media plea for funds to help nurse several hundreds of misplaced seal pups until they were big enough to return back to their natural environment.

The Friends of Horsey Seals are happily reporting a steady increase of 20% births year on year. Much of this success due to the plentiful food reserves out there in the North Sea combined with the local volunteers efforts to quite rightly protect the birthing beaches keeping the curious and smitten public at a safe distance.

Sometimes one or two little pups very sensibly wriggle up into the safely of the dunes, close to the pathways and if you are lucky you can get a photo opportunity or two.

When looking into a pair of deep, dark pools of seemly liquid eyes I defy anyone not to instantly fall completely in love with a grey seal pup. They will break your heart with their plaintive cries, make you laugh with their flipper antics and clowning behaviour and make you cheer when pup and mum are reunited for love, grub and seal bonding kisses.

More photos can be found in the main gallery

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