First grey seal pups of this autumn


This video from England is called Grey Seal Pup and Mum.

Translated from Ecomare Museum on Texel island in the Netherlands:

Thursday, October 2nd, 2014

“BREAKING NEWS …. We have just seen our first seal pup of the year,” twitters skipper Andrew Douglas from the Farne Islands, on the northeast side of England. A few days earlier, the first pup on the Scottish Isle of May had been already discovered. This means that the birth season of gray seals in the North Sea has started. The gray seals along the Scottish and English coast always get pups earlier than the seals in the Wadden Sea. We have to wait. Here the most gray seal newborns are in early December.

Sooner or later

The first gray seals of the year were already born in late August, but that is in Ireland and in the west of Scotland, and not in the North Sea. Then follow northern colonies such as those in the Orkneys in the north of Scotland, the Farne Islands and finally the Dutch colonies. It is not known why the gray seals in different places get pups at different times.

Dutch grey seals, immigrants from Britain


This video from England says about itself:

Some footage shot in the Farne Isles diving with Grey Seals.

Filmed with a Sony FX1 in a Gates FX1/Z1 housing with a Fathom Imaging wide-angle lens in ambient light.

Translated from IMARES research institute in the Netherlands:

September 10, 2014

In the Middle Ages, the gray seals in the Netherlands became extinct. Now they are back, gloriously so! Today here live the largest number of Atlantic gray seals of the European mainland. In less than thirty years this grew from some visitors to more than 3,000 individuals. It went so fast that it cannot be explained by the number of births only. Researchers from the research institute IMARES on Texel have now calculated that the seal population of Great Britain plays a large role in this story.

The British gray seal population bring permanently “immigrants” affecting the growth in the Dutch Wadden Sea. In spring and summer there are also another temporary ‘tourists’. “The development of the population in the Wadden Sea is strongly influenced by seals from the other side of the North Sea. Therefore, cooperation with other countries is extremely important for conservation, policy and research,” said biologist Sophie Brasseur. She has published, along with her colleagues, an article about the successful return of the gray seal in the scientific journal Marine Mammal Science.

See also here.

Discover four of the best places to see a grey seal in the UK: here.

Seal swimming fast, video


This video is about a harbour seal swimming fast in the Netherlands.

Ans Schukking made the video.

Fukushima news update


This video from Japan about Fukushima says about itself:

March 11, 2013 2 year anniversary of man-made nuclear accident and tsunami

Hiroaki Koide, Master of Science in Nuclear Engineering, Assistant Professor at the Kyoto University Research Institute, Nuclear Waste Management & Safety Expert:

The cesium-137 that was released into the atmosphere by Units 1 through 3 was 168 times that of the Hiroshima bomb, according to the Japanese government report to the IAEA, an international organization which promotes nuclear power.

Very high levels of accumulated radioactive cesium have been detected in the mud of hundreds of reservoirs used to irrigate farmland in Fukushima Prefecture, where agriculture is a key industry: here.

”As if the hazards at Japan’s crippled Fukushima Daichi nuclear plant needed to worsen, more highly radioactive water has leaked in one of the reactors. Wayne looks at growing international unease in the aftermath of the meltdown and the surrounding political winds. Colin follows up with Arnie Gundersen, a former nuclear industry executive and now chief engineer at the Fairewinds organization“: here.

Fukushima disaster, USS Ronald Reagan sailors, and Alaskan ringed seals: here.

As the third anniversary of the Great East Japan Earthquake approaches, new studies of the ongoing effects of the triple disaster of earthquake, tsunami and nuclear meltdown show that the disaster is far from over: here.

Illegal nuclear dumping in Shiga raises alarms: Culprits not ID’d; 8,700 tons of cesium-tainted chips missing — The Japan Times: here.

U.S. Military personnel sickened after Fukushima face long recovery: here.

Three years after the Fukushima nuclear disaster, the Japanese government is moving to restart the country’s nuclear plants, all of which remain shut down. A draft energy plan released late last month officially designates nuclear power as a long-term base power source, setting the stage for the resumption of nuclear plant operations: here.

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Girl’s painting for grey seal


Lara bringing her painting, photo by Sytske Dijksen

Translated from Ecomare museum and seal rehabilitation center on Texel island, the Netherlands:

Painting for Annie – 06-01-14

Our gray seal Annie received a special gift from the 12-year-old Lara Cordes. Especially for Annie she had made a beautiful painting about a seal on the beach. Lara was with her family on holiday on Texel. After visiting Ecomare they decided to adopt Annie. A few days later she came to bring this painting, together with her aunt and cousin. Thank you Lara! We will find a nice spot for this in Ecomare.

Gray seal Annie

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