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Enter the Gray Seal Colony

Seal Island National Wildlife Refuge is a 65 acre sanctuary managed in collaboration with the Audubon Seabird Restoration Program (Project Puffin), which operates a summer field station here. The program has successfully restored Maine’s largest colonies of Atlantic Puffins and Common and Arctic Terns. It also has done a thing or two for gray seals. 

Total Instinct Leads to First Swim

Nothing but instinct drives the gray seal pups toward the rough ocean and breaking waves. And they have no problem handling it. See this first time swimmer as he ventures out to sea in this short video captured by explore.org camera operator, Katharine. The six-week-old gray seal pup will learn how to hunt, navigate, and survive

The Growth of Solar Pup

Explore.org fan, Samantha Eye, has been following a new gray seal pup she’s named Solar Pup for its interest in the live cam solar power generators. Samantha Eye points out how fast the pup has been growing as you can see in the before (right) and after (left) picture taken six days later. Gray seals

December Means Seals!

Believe it or not, it’s December and the start of the gray seal breeding season. Seal Island, Maine is cold and windy with rough waters… just what our gray seals like! You can see them already on the live cam, sunning themselves on the rocky shores. The cam is being test and will go fully