VIDEO: Dangerous behaviour of seal bulls

Submitted by Looduskalender EN on Mon, 13.03.2017 - 08:57
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Video recorded by  Fleur, LK forum
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Grey seal        Hallhüljes        Halichoerus grypus

 

As we have already written,  the females feed the pups for about three weeks, then the heat period begins. The large male seals of course fight for the females, driving off their rivals in order to be in the right place at the right time. The really large seal bulls have no bonds to the following generations and they may weigh up to three hundred kilos. The neck folds are sometimes scarred from bloody fights with each other.

In the video we see how the dominating male seal that appeared from the left goes to drive off the competitors; between them a female seal with spotted coat and two pups remain. One pup tumbles backwards in the shore water from a careless push by the old male.

For seal pups such heavy-weight seal bulls are very dangerous, they get simply trampled across in certain situations. The little ones cannot foresee such a danger, up to now adult animals have simply meant a chance for feeding for them.

For the night we expect a late-winter storm: winds from the east with over 20 m/s in gusts. The water level should become significantly lower and on the mainland the ground should be snow-covered in places in the morning.

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