More seals along the Belgian coast

21st February 2008, Comments 0 comments

It's the first time in many years that so many seal pups and young seals have been spotted here.

All marine biologists are agreed: the seal population on sandbanks along the Flemish coast is thriving.

It's the first time in many years that so many seal pups and young seals have been spotted here.

Four seals can be seen regularly in the estuary of the River Ijzer near Nieuwpoort (West Flanders).

In the fifties seals were a common occurrence along the coast. They lived on the margin of a seal population of 800 centred on the islands of Dutch Zeeland.

A low point was reached in the seventies when only 5 seals would be sighted each year.

Lower pollution levels mean that seal numbers are now growing once again.

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