The first seal pup of the year has been born on the Farne Islands off the Northumberland Coast, marking the start of this year’s annual seal count by the Islands’ resident rangers.
- Every year over 1,500 pups are born on the islands
- They have an estimated population of 5,000 seals
- Rangers spend three months each autumn counting the seals
- Breedings starts in mid-September and most pups are born in October and November
A typical day for the rangers involves landing on the seal colonies to monitor the birth of the pups. Once born, they’re sprayed with a harmless dye to indicate the week they are born, which allows the Rangers to keep an accurate count. The job is not as easy as it sounds, as protective mother seals can become aggressive when the rangers get too close.
The public can visit the island - and its seals - by making a short boat trip from Seahouses.