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WATCH: Wildlife in Moray - Portgordon seals


By Chris Saunderson

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THE seals of Portgordon were out in their numbers the other day basking in the September sunshine on the beach.

The seals at Portgordon have become famous over the last 15-20 years. Picture: Becky Saunderson
The seals at Portgordon have become famous over the last 15-20 years. Picture: Becky Saunderson

A mix of common and grey seals, the local population has grown over the last 20 years.

The common seal is the smaller with a male averaging around 1.5 metres. The coat is often mottled. The common seal has a dog-like face and a V-shape nostril.

They have become something of a tourist attraction over many years.

Seals relaxing at the beach at Portgordon.Picture: Becky Saunderson
Seals relaxing at the beach at Portgordon.Picture: Becky Saunderson

Whilst it is great to watch the seals, it is important that people do so responsibly and don't get too close as they do not like to be disturbed and dogs must also be kept on the lead close to them.

There are young seal pups at the moment, so the parents will be particularly protective.

These images were taken at a safe distance using professional camera equipment.

Video: Emma Saunderson

Around 50 per cent of the world's population of grey seals live along the British coastline.


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