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First seal pup of the season spotted on Lizard: VIDEO
12:50pm Monday 30th September 2013 in News
Guests onboard a wildife watching trip out of Falmouth were treated to a rare sight last week, a newborn seal pup suckling with its mother.
The trip with AK Wildlife Cruises, which included students from Falmouth's Tremough campus collecting data about seals, spotted the mum and newborn.
Late September and early October are when seal pups are born in Cornish waters.
Posting the video on Youtube, Richard Hollis said that the footage was taken on a 30x optically zoomed and 21x optically zoomed lens meaning the boat remained at the same distance from the seal throughout the interaction, so as not to disturb the seal.
He added: "The mother was in the water, we had been watching her for a while, then happily hauled out; then to our amazement, came back down towards us with a pup, nicknamed Loreal for her head swish upon first spying her, bringing it out into the open and closer to us.
"She suckled her pup four times as we watched quietly. We left with the family happy and comfortable after being treated to the encounter."
He added that all mothers are extremely vigilant when they have new born offspring, and that there was a large male bull seal in the vicinity as well, in the water.
"Bringing her pup out of the hidden cave into the open and relaxing with the pup, even closing her eyes, showed how natural and relaxed she was making the experience even more special.
The trip was a seal data collection trip so all behaviours were constantly assessed and recorded."
"After watching the wonderful sight for several minutes, the boat carried on its way to leave the young family in peace and to search for more seals getting ready to pup as we break into autumn.
AK Wildlife Cruises run 12 months of the year, for more information visit www.akwildlifecruises.co.uk
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