Thursday 21 June 2018

Bearded Seal in Lerwick Harbour

I had read on social media that a bearded seal had arrived in Lerwick Harbour - this was a couple of weeks before our trip to Shetland so I didn't really expect her to still be there when we visited.

However, something was obviously causing a stir in Lerwick Harbour on our first day

and sure enough, there she was

she seemed to be enjoying the attention

She's got very impressive whiskers

The bearded seal is an arctic species so what was it doing in Lerwick Harbour? Apparently this is a young seal who got chased from the arctic by a pod of orcas. She sought safety in Lerwick Harbour and the orcas couldn't follow her in so she must have felt safe there and just stayed. Sadly though she apparently sometimes gets bullied by the local grey seals. Hopefully once she's stopped moulting she will go back home or she may be taken home (there's talk in Lerwick of organising a boat trip to take her back to the arctic). She wasn't in the harbour when we left, but she's left before and come back.

1 comment:

Lowcarb team member said...

Fantastic to see …
So pleased you shared these photographs.

All the best Jan