Every December, the grey seals descend on Horsey along the Norfolk Coast to give birth to their pups. They will be there as long as it takes for the pups to lose their white fluffy fur, then it's off into the sea to start the next year!
I went along the other day to see them. Despite living in Norfolk my entire life, I've never made it out there yet so figured it was about time. It's better to go a bit earlier in December when more of the young pups will be there, but there were still a lot around and they're so cute! Annoyingly, I took my camera but discovered that the battery was flat so I couldn't use it and was stuck with just my phone. What is life.
You're not meant to go down on to the beach because it disturbs them - also these are mother seals and they're there to protect their young, get too close and you could be in danger of getting a bite, plus they do carry diseases, so it's better all round to keep your distance. It makes me sad when I've seen pictures on Facebook of people clearly getting too close to them, give them some room already!
The whole area is worked by volunteer 'Seal Wardens' who do an amazing job of trying to keep everyone safe. They're also extremely knowledgeable about the deals and are more than happy to fill you in on what's going on - bravo to those guys who are out there in all weather doing what they do. In the video clip, I was told that this is the mother seal warning off a chap's advances... you heard the lady mister!
Has anyone else made it out to see the seals? Hope you didn't get rained on like I did!