Donna Nook on the east coast of England is a NATO Weapons Training Range but it is perhaps more well known as one of the largest grey seal colonies in the UK. During the winter months the seals move up onto the mudfltats to their breeding grounds and well over a thousand pups are born each year during these months. The seals do not seem to be to bothered by aircraft and helicopters flying along the water line dropping bombs and firing machine guns.
This picture was taken in the middle of November when there were over 500 pups in the area. The highest count was on Friday 2nd December when there were 1170 pups on the mudflats. After an exceptionally high tidal surce over the weekend that scattered the seals and caused the pups to lose contact with their mothers, it is estimated that 50 -70 pups were lost.
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