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Check Out the Seal Cam

By January 22, 2013

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Gray Seal / Jennifer Kennedy, Blue Ocean Society for Marine ConservationIf you love seals, you should check out this site featuring a live stream showing Seal Island, Maine, which is a gray seal pupping site.  Yesterday, I heard about the web site where you can view the seals. There wasn't too much going on yesterday - one could see a pretty barren-looking place with a few seals, although there did look like there was  one young (admittedly cute) pup among them.  Today, the scene is different - lots of seals moving all around (well, as much as seals can move on land), on a snowy island, with snow falling.

According to this CBS Boston report, the cam began streaming live last week, and is thought to be the first live-streaming camera at an East Coast seal pupping site. The camera will help scientists learn about the seals' behavior, without having to visit the island, which is located about 20 miles off the coast.

Gray seals mate on land or in the water, but come ashore to give birth after an 11-month gestation period.  Pups are about 3 feet long and have a white coat when born.  They stay with their mothers and nurse for only about 2.5 weeks, and then have to fend for themselves.

Click the links below to learn more about gray seals. If you see something interesting on the seal cam, let us know by commenting here!

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Image: Gray Seal / Jennifer Kennedy, Blue Ocean Society for Marine Conservation

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