Rare melanistic and interesting seal pups spotted at nature reserve in Great Britain

Rangers recently discovered nearly a dozen black seal pups at Blakeney Point, a nature reserve on England’s Norfolk coast.

Rare melanistic and interesting seal pups spotted at nature reserve in Great Britain

The discovery surprised the wildlife officers because only one puppy in 400 is founded with a black coat.

The National Trust, England’s heritage conservation charity that manages the reserve, expects at least 4,000 whales and dolphins to be born this season.

Blakeney Point’s grayish seal colony is the populous city in The United Kingdom.

Although all gray seals are born with a white coat, they change their fur around the age of two to three weeks.

Rare melanistic and interesting seal pups spotted at nature reserve in Great Britain

As their name suggests, they show off a gray coat.

A few of the pups, however, have a velvet black coat as a result of melanism, a genetic condition.

Unlike albinism, which causes a lack of skin pigmentation, melanism causes an abundance of black pigmentation.

Hanne Siebers, a National Trust ranger, captured a series of pictures of the extremely cute black seal pups.

The gray seal colony at Blakeney Point is now the largest in England, but there was only one pup born there in 1988.

Rare melanistic and interesting seal pups spotted at nature reserve in Great Britain

Their population gradually increased until 2001, when more than 20 pups were born, with the colony reaching a peak of 3,399 pups in 2019.

The National Trust advises people to keep a safe distance if they come into contact with a seal or a seal pup.

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