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Fanoe - a Heaven for Seals

One of the great experiences on Fanoe is the large colonies of seals.

 

Experience them up close in their natural surroundings, at the great seal bank southwest of Sønderho.

It takes less than half an hour to walk to the seal bank at low tide, however, you can also be lucky enough to see them already in the harbour in Nordby.

There are many seals in the Wadden Sea around Fanoe. It is estimated that there are about 3000 harbor seals, which are the most common species of seal.

However, gray seals are also in great prosperity. Seals are protected against hunting; hence they are used to the idea that an encounter with a human does not have to be dangerous.

Seals are very curious animals, so you might be lucky to get close to them. Their heads suddenly pop out of the water in the fairway close to where we are - they are just as interested in us as we are in them.

From late spring, seals begin to present themselves in earnest on the banks - as the females must feed the pups during June and July.

A newborn seal weighs about ten kilos. The pup can only nurse when the seals are lying on the banks. Therefore it is important not to hunt seals in the water, regardless of whether you are approaching by aircraft, boat or on foot.

The seals on Fanoe can be explored by taking a boat to the bank north of Grådyb or by foot with one of our guides.

 

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