Grey Seal Webcam Discussion 2009

A webcam viewing seals and their pups, on Saaremaa.
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Grey Seal Webcam Discussion 2009

Post by Jo UK » March 7th, 2009, 8:33 pm

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Grey Seal ( Halichoerus grypus, meaning "hooked-nosed sea pig")

The Seal camera is a new project of Looduskalender and seal researchers.
Grey seal cam is located in Vilsandi Nature Reserves, on the western coast of Saaremaa, our biggest island.
In addition to seals we can see our old friends, crows, ravens, sea gulls and even White Tailed Eagles.
This is a Beta version- please be patient, there may occur some breaks.
The camera was placed on February the 10th, but because of the problems with wind generators, which did not give enough energy, we could not start earlier.
From yesterday we have solar panels helping us.
It is now reproduction season for Grey Seals. The pups have white baby coats, mothers (cows) with spotty coats are slightly smaller than males (bulls) with darker coats.
Grey Seals are rather active and loud and noisy.
We will introduce the life arrangements of big sea mammals soon.

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Post by Kuremari » March 7th, 2009, 8:40 pm

Ohoo, that is a great surprise!
a bit more about Vilsandi Nature Reserve
http://www.estlandia.de/en/tourism-esto ... -park.html


:D find the seals!?
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Post by yarko » March 7th, 2009, 8:45 pm

Thank you bociany for help -
we asked translation of Estonian word lesila -
Bo said: "I don't know if this is a translation of the Estonian word, but seals use a rookery - a land-based place for birthing, breeding, molting and rest."
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Post by Jo UK » March 7th, 2009, 8:59 pm

Thanks for the Rookery reminder - I had heard it, then forgot.

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Post by Kuremari » March 7th, 2009, 9:32 pm

you can`t see anything now, but the voices are awesome!
the sea and seals calling, then like someone walks on wet ground!
gosh, sometimes they sound like wolves ... or more likely ... ghosts :D
imagine you hear these voices in the darkness - ghosts for sure
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Post by leanne » March 8th, 2009, 1:45 am

Kuremari wrote:you can`t see anything now, but the voices are awesome!
the sea and seals calling, then like someone walks on wet ground!
gosh, sometimes they sound like wolves ... or more likely ... ghosts :D
imagine you hear these voices in the darkness - ghosts for sure
it's great to listen in night, all the sea and seal noises :D really great.. i am looking forward to see it in daylight!! baby seals make quite human baby noises now :shake:

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Post by NancyM » March 8th, 2009, 5:12 am

yarko wrote:Thank you bociany for help -
we asked translation of Estonian word lesila -
Bo said: "I don't know if this is a translation of the Estonian word, but seals use a rookery - a land-based place for birthing, breeding, molting and rest."
:wave:

another word you may hear is "haul-out" - this is when the seals come up on land or rocks to sun themselves or to rest.

Every rookery is a haul-out, but not every haul-out is a rookery :rolleyes:

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Post by Ricky » March 8th, 2009, 6:58 am

my first grey seal picture: 8-)
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Post by Mutikluti » March 8th, 2009, 7:45 am

Great! :2thumbsup:
Their babies are doing the same voices as human babies.... :D
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Post by Ricky » March 8th, 2009, 8:25 am

A hooded crow joined them.

At the moment some adult and one young seal are present.

The cam seems to have a wide angle lense. The seals seem so small and the crow has the size of a blackbird. You have to get used to that.
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Post by AllyKass » March 8th, 2009, 8:31 am

hello everybody :wave:
seems that this crow wanted to chevy the seal...
Mother Nature teaching to us about balance of power.

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Post by AllyKass » March 8th, 2009, 9:07 am

hello :wave:
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Post by Olga » March 8th, 2009, 9:54 am

Oh, this too much! What wonderful view and sounds.. :wave:
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Post by AllyKass » March 8th, 2009, 10:00 am

it wants to say hello to sun!
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Post by Kuremari » March 8th, 2009, 10:45 am

ehhee, one seal is sun bathing, laying on his back and waving his flippers :D
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Post by Kuremari » March 8th, 2009, 10:49 am

in the upper right corner a mom is feeding the pup,
seems so :headroll:
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Post by Jo UK » March 8th, 2009, 10:52 am

LOL - soon, we shall get to know the pattern of the rocks, then be able to see which is rock and which is seal. At the moment, I have to wait for a movement! :laugh:

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Post by Kuremari » March 8th, 2009, 10:58 am

Jo UK wrote:LOL - soon, we shall get to know the pattern of the rocks, then be able to see which is rock and which is seal. At the moment, I have to wait for a movement! :laugh:
that is part of the fun :D
guessing - is this a stone, oops, a seal :whistling:
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Post by Liis » March 8th, 2009, 11:08 am

Jo UK wrote:LOL - soon, we shall get to know the pattern of the rocks, then be able to see which is rock and which is seal. At the moment, I have to wait for a movement! :laugh:
Thought of cheating this morning when 5 stones all got rolling: take a PrintScreen, trace on OH transparency, use as overlay. If the camera keeps all its angles & distances ...

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Post by Kuremari » March 8th, 2009, 12:07 pm

3 adults and the shadow of the cam
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