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NDR report on seal counts in the Wadden Sea

Regular surveys of harbour and grey seal populations are carried out from the aircraft in the Danish-Dutch-German Wadden Sea National Parks. Since 2016, BioConsult SH carries out aerial surveys in the Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea on behalf of the government-owned Company for Coastal Protection, National Parks and Ocean Protection (Landesbetrieb für Küstenschutz, Nationalpark und Meeresschutz – LKN Tönning).

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Adult seals (red dots) with this year’s young (yellow dots) on a sand bank. (Click the image for a larger view.)

During aerial surveys, all seal haul-out sites in the Schleswig-Holstein Wadden Sea are covered at low tide capturing digital photographs. The exact number of seals in these photographs is determined subsequently.

Recently, a camera team of the Norddeutscher Rundfunk accompanied our biologists on one of these flights. The report is available from the media centre.

For further information on seal monitoring, click here.