Sunday, 29 April 2012

Big eater

May I present the gray seal.  With the closure of seal hunting for the last 30 years, the gray seal is one of two species that the numbers have increased dramatically in the St-Lawrence river.  Each spring, the Anticosti shores becomes a meeting place for many thousands of these marine mammals.  They come to molt their winter coat.  They spend a few weeks basking in the sun, awaiting the return of their prey.  In their case, capelin and herring are their regular menu.  In July, the seals are very close to the shore to benefit from the migratory flows of the capelin.  They catch them by charging in!   
Have a good day.  Louis