Grey seal

Did you know that vibrissae, or the sensory whiskers of seals, are extremely sensitive and help, among other things, in catching fish?

This animal finds its true element in water. It swims on its belly and back, dives masterfully and uses sophisticated navigation systems.

Threats

By symbolically adopting an animal, you are supporting WWF’s efforts to strengthen conservation and continue the recovery of this species.

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Tourism

Tourism and the associated human presence is displacing animals from their traditional habitats. Shrinkage of the areas they naturally inhabit prevents them from returning to their historical breeding sites.

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By-catch

By-catch is the accidental entanglement in nets set for catching fish. The victims are usually young seals, who die in the nets just a few weeks after birth. Every year, more than 2,000 seals die in this way.

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Man

Seals have long been treated as pests that fight for the same food, i.e. fish, and, as a result, they can destroy fishing nets. On the southern coast of the Baltic Sea (Germany, Poland, Russia and Lithuania), seals have been depleted by man.

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