Saturday 17 July 2010

Seal research team arrive on Islay for four days

What and how many fish do seals eat around Scotland?
The Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU), part of the Scottish Oceans Institute at the University of St. Andrews, is being funded by the Scottish Government to carry out a study on the diet of harbour (common) seals and potential competition with grey seals across the whole of Scotland. There have been substantial declines in harbour seal populations during the last decade in some areas of Britain and this project is part of an overarching study to understand the nature of the harbour seal population decline in Scotland.

From March 2010 the Seal Diet Team will be systematically searching the coastline of Scotland to locate populations of seals and collect their faecal waste for analysis.

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