Volunteer at the Great Seal Count 2016

About 10 days ago one of my best friends and I decided to use our day off to help in the Great Seal Count organized by the Icelandic Seal Center in Hvammstangi. This was the 10th year that they have organized the Seal Count. Every year with the help of Volunteers they count the seals at Vatsnes Peninsula during the Spring tide, the lowest tide of the year. Iceland has several species of seals but the most common ones are the Harbour seal and the Grey seal. During the count the coast line is divided up into sections which get distributed between all the Volunteers. We only learned that this is happening about a week before but it didn’t take us long to decide that we want to drive there and help. Now it is about a 2 1/2 hour drive from Akureyri and the fact that is was a really grey morning when we left, but we still decided to go even if the weather won’t be good, tells you how much we love marine mammals and learning about different research going on. In the end we had a 4 hour long hike along the coastline over fields and rocky coast (in the rain and wind for about 3 1/2 hours) but we saw ca 50 seals. If you want to read a little bit more about the total numbers you can click here.  It is not a long article but the only one in english I have seen so far.

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