This weekend we stopped off to see the grey seals along the Norfolk coast at Horsey Gap.
We’d been meaning to go and see them for a while as they come ashore to breed during the winter. Apparently around half the world’s population of grey seals lives around Britain and Horsey is a great place to see them on the beach, particularly from December to February.
The male seals (bulls) can grow to 3 metres in length and can weigh up to 300kg! The female seals (cows) are around half the size, they produce milk with a 60% fat content to help the pups quickly gain the weight they need to survive – around 2kg per day in the early stages.
The scientific name for the grey seal is Halichoerus grypus which means hook-nosed sea pig – not very flattering!
Sadly I didn’t have my camera with me but I did manage to capture a few moments on my phone. We were amazed at how many were sunbathing along the shoreline.
Here’s a video of a little pup wriggling around in the sunshine 🙂
Taken by my fiance, Geoff Hillyer