Look at me! Adorable seal pup waves to the world as hundreds are born on rocky island

October 17, 2012 | by | 0 Comments

A cute seal pup appears to wave out to sea as hundreds of the species gather on a tiny British island to give birth.

The young seal with fuzzy fur was pictured with a flipper raised in the air as it lay on rocks on the Isle of Man.

Experts say the shores of the island are set to become swamped with seals over the coming weeks.

A seal pup waves to the camera as pupping season gets under way on the Isle of Man

A seal pup waves to the camera as pupping season gets under way on the Isle of Man

Britain is home to nearly half the world’s grey seal population – and the Isle of Man will soon be overrun.

The seals head to the island for the annual birthing season and more than a dozen pups have already been born.

A large number of pregnant females lie on the rocks waiting to give birth – with this autumn expected to be a bumper year for seal births.

The seal pup flaps across the rocks

The seal pup flaps across the rocks

A parent seal reaches down to a youngster

A parent seal reaches down to a youngster

The seals touch lips in a gesture of affection

The seals touch lips in a gesture of affection

This grey seal pup falls asleep on the rocks

This grey seal pup falls asleep on the rocks

Manx Wildlife Trust Marine Officer Eleanor Stone said: “There must be something in the water.

”We’ve spotted at least 50 pregnant seals readying themselves to give birth on the Isle of Man coastline this year.”

The birthing season typically runs between September and December, when pregnant females gather on the rocks surrounding the coast to raise their young.

The pups are likely to stay on the island for up to a month while they grow strong enough to head out into the sea on their own.

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