Newquay Harbour is a popular spot for people to see wild Cornish seals up close and personal. Cornwall Seal Group have been collecting photos of seals here since 2003. This year, local resident Annabelle, has been taking regular photos of the seals she sees in the harbour, enabling a photo ID album of Newquay Harbour Seals to be developed. Six seals have been identified in the harbour on multiple occasions, 3 of which have also been identified at other wild seal haul outs along the north Cornish coast. It is quite likely that these 6 seals are not the only seals that are present in Newquay Harbour, as others are likely to be passing through the area, so your help is needed. Cornwall Seal Group are very keen to receive your photos of the seals you see in the Newquay area. Photos can be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org . Please tell us the date and location of the seal, along with the number of seals you have seen and your ideas about which seal/s you think you have seen. In return a member of Cornwall Seal Group will aim get back to you to confirm your identification. It will be even more exciting if you manage to get a photo of one of the other 700 seals that are in our Cornish seal database, but that hasn't been previously identified in Newquay!
Just to get you started...can you work out which seals are in the photos below that were taken by Annabelle? Answers at the bottom of the page!
Seal 1 (Left) : Seal 2 (Middle) : Cornwall Seal Group leaflet (Right)
If you are lucky enough to visit Newquay Harbour this Summer, please remember to pick up one of our 'Grey Seals in Newquay Harbour' leaflets that are available around the town. If you go out on the sea, please observe the Cornwall Marine Code of Conduct and resist the temptation to feed any of the seals you see! Intelligent creatures, seals soon learn where to find an easy meal and quickly learn to associate boats with food. This creates problems for boat owners and seals. To break the link in seals’ minds of boats and food, please don’t feed seals.
Many thanks to Annabelle for all her hard work taking photos of seals in Newquay and then emailing them to Cornwall Seal Group for identification.
Answers : Seal 1 is NM6 Medallion Man : Seal 2 is MF4 Trunk aka Orangina!
*Photos of Splash by Annabelle Lowe
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