MÅKLÄPPEN
Måkläppen, Sweden [ info ] [ enlarge ] [ link ]

Harbor Seal Resting and Birthing Areas: Eastern North Atlantic

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Harbor seals have been hunted extensively throughout the eastern coasts of the North Atlantic, sometimes for food, sometimes for skins, and often to eliminate fishery competition. Nonetheless, the range of the subspecies Phoca vitulina vitulina has remained about the same in recent years except in the southern reaches and in isolated locations such as the Faroe Islands of Denmark, where they were hunted to extinction in the 1880s.

There are no EU-wide regulations for seal protection or harvesting, and standards of conservation vary widely from nation to nation. Even attitudes toward rescue, rehabilitation, and release run the gamut from urgent concern to near-hostile neglect.

Despite periodic Phoca Distemper Virus epidemics, and Avian Flu outbreaks, the current population of harbor seals remains robust, and many well-informed, experienced European observers and researchers believe that "natural" processes are functioning well enough that the most crucial human input is close monitoring supported by sampling and tracking.

These images are presented here in roughly north to south order, with at least one photo from each of the countries where harbor seals are found. Images are still being sought from the Channel Islands.

North Pacific

North Atlantic - West

SVALBARD

Svalbard, Norway
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FASKRUDSFJORDUR

Fáskrúðsfjörður, Iceland
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KOSTERHAVET URSHOLMEN

Kosterhavet, Sweden
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HALLANDS VADERO

Hallands Värderö, Sweden
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FAN0

Fanø, Denmark
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HELGOLAND

Helgoland, Germany
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VARNANAS

Värnanäs, Sweden
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FOKAPOSPOLITA

Vistula Lagoon, Poland
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KILDALTON SKERRIES

Kildalton Skerries, UK
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BANTRY BAY

Bantry Bay, Ireland
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HERNE BAY

Herne Bay, UK
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SCHIERMONNIKOOG

Schiermonnikoog, NL
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OOSTDUINKERKE

Oostduinkerke, BE
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BAY OF SOMME

Bay of Somme, FR
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