Between late October and early January the seals come ashore to give birth and mate.
After mating, the seal fetus stops development after around a week and then 100 days later it resumes and is born the following November. This is to limit the time spent on land to just a month or two every year as they are such an ungainly species on land, and particularly susceptible to infection.
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Mother and pup
Many turnstones and other shorebirds could be seen feeding on the seal afterbirth, a nutritious meal, however gross it may appear!
After a while the pups begin to moult their fluffy coat and gain a less dense, more water proof layer.
the pups spend quite a lot of time rolling around in the dune grasses rubbing off their coat.
Though, for most of the time, the seals wallowed in the mud without putting on much of a show. And by the time a short lived fight had broken out between two large males, my hands were too cold even to press the record button!