The largest gray seal colony in the Blakeney National Nature Reserve in Norfolk, UK, is getting ready for a record baby boom this year. The British nature conservation organization National Trust has announced that 4,000 young seals will be born there. In 2001, there were only 25 of them, but in 2019 it was already 3399. Everything indicates that 2020 will again be a record year. The first cubs this year were noticed at the end of October. The seals in the reserve have excellent conditions for development, thanks to the silence and the absence of their natural enemies – predators. There are so many seals in the reserve that the rangers have a problem with counting the young.
It is estimated that there are around 300,000 gray seals worldwide, and in the British and Irish waters live around 40% of the total population.