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Biggest loss of seal pups on IoM's Calf of Man recorded

48% of seal pups on the Calf of Man at the south of the IoM have been lost after Ophelia hit. Photo: Manx Wildlife Trust

Seal pups on the Isle of Man's Calf of Man have perished significantly after ex-hurricane Ophelia hit earlier this week.

The Manx Wildlife Trust said that 48% of the pups have been lost.

Volunteers currently taking part in the annual seal surveys reported there were 42 pups on the Calf - there are now just 23.

The Trust's Lara Howe told Granada Reports, “We are estimating that we have lost up to 48% of our seal pups from the Calf. It’s the worse morality rate seen on the Calf since the surveys began in 2009.”

Some seals perched on the Calf of Man. Credit: Helen McKenna, ITV

Before Ophelia hit we had 42 pups and after the storm 22 were counted. They have yet to be accounted for. Another pup has since been born so we have 23 pups on the Calf now. This is the worst mortality reported on the Calf since the surveys began in 2009. The next worse year was 2014 where we lost 8 of the 52 pups. So its a massive drop in numbers. Thankfully there is still time for more pups to be born and hopefully the windy weather will keep at bay.

– Manx Wildlife Trust website