WHAT IS THE SEAL?
There are about 30 different species
of seals. The seals are good swimmers. With their
backfin they push themselves through the water,
with the front fins they steer. They eat small fish,
seabirds, crab-fish and shrimp. The seals have beautiful
eyes, but they can't see well with them. Because
their eyes are big, they can see lots of light under
The seals are short sighted. So, when you want to
approach a seal, move on like a seal, otherwise
it will run away. In spring the seals come on land
to give birth to one newborn seal. The motherseal
will take care for the newborn seal for about 4
weeks on the shores (beaches or rocks) or ice-floe.
After about 3 years the newborn seal is mature.
Seals live together in groups. The average lifespan
of a Waddensea-seal is about 10 years. It weights
up to 90 kilos and the average length is around