Norfolk is currently at the mercy of 3,800 adorable baby seals

A gray seal and its pup on the beach at Horsey in Norfolk as pup season comes to an end in one of the UK's most important spots for mammals. Picture date: Sunday January 15, 2023. PA Photo. Nearly 4,000 puppies have been born at the site this season, up from fewer than 100 births some 20 years ago. Friends of Horsey Seals, who monitor the colony and regularly count new arrivals, have set up a voluntary beach closure and deploy seal keepers to ensure the public keeps a safe distance from the protective mothers and their pups. See PA story ANIMALS Seals. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

A gray seal and her pup on Horsey Beach in Norfolk (Image: PA)

Nearly 4,000 baby seals have been spotted along a five-mile stretch of Norfolk coast.

The seal population between Waxham and Winterton attracts hordes of visitors each winter as the pups are weaned before returning to the sea.

A total of 3,796 baby seals have been born so far this winter, while 1,169 adults have been sighted.

The number is almost double that of 2019/2020 when the total number of puppies was 2,069.

Peter Ansell, Chairman of Friends of Horsey Seals said: “This is a sign of a healthy colony.

“It’s the fish that count, at the moment the North Sea provides enough fish for thousands of seals and this is a nice place for them to come ashore and breed.

A gray seal pup on the beach at Horsey in Norfolk as pup season comes to an end in one of Britain's most important spots for mammals. Picture date: Sunday January 15, 2023. PA Photo. Nearly 4,000 puppies have been born at the site this season, up from fewer than 100 births some 20 years ago. Friends of Horsey Seals, who monitor the colony and regularly count new arrivals, have set up a voluntary beach closure and deploy seal keepers to ensure the public keeps a safe distance from the protective mothers and their pups. See PA story ANIMALS Seals. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Norfolk is one of the most important locations for seals in Britain (Image: PA)

A gray seal pup sleeps on the beach at Horsey in Norfolk as pup season comes to an end in one of Britain's most important spots for the mammals. Picture date: Sunday January 15, 2023. PA Photo. Nearly 4,000 puppies have been born at the site this season, up from fewer than 100 births some 20 years ago. Friends of Horsey Seals, who monitor the colony and regularly count new arrivals, have set up a voluntary beach closure and deploy seal keepers to ensure the public keeps a safe distance from the protective mothers and their pups. See PA story ANIMALS Seals. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

A gray seal pup sleeps away its sorrows (Image: PA)

Gray seal pups on the beach at Horsey in Norfolk as pup season comes to an end in one of the UK's most important spots for mammals. Picture date: Sunday January 15, 2023. PA Photo. Nearly 4,000 puppies have been born at the site this season, up from fewer than 100 births some 20 years ago. Friends of Horsey Seals, who monitor the colony and regularly count new arrivals, have set up a voluntary beach closure and deploy seal keepers to ensure the public keeps a safe distance from the protective mothers and their pups. See PA story ANIMALS Seals. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

There’s an overload of cuteness in Norfolk right now (Image: PA)

A young gray seal on the dunes at Horsey in Norfolk as pup season comes to an end in one of the UK's most important spots for mammals. Picture date: Sunday January 15, 2023. PA Photo. Nearly 4,000 puppies have been born at the site this season, up from fewer than 100 births some 20 years ago. Friends of Horsey Seals, who monitor the colony and regularly count new arrivals, have set up a voluntary beach closure and deploy seal keepers to ensure the public keeps a safe distance from the protective mothers and their pups. See PA story ANIMALS Seals. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Record-breaking puppy season draws to a close in Norfolk (Image: PA)

Gray seals on the beach at Horsey in Norfolk as pup season comes to an end in one of the UK's most important spots for mammals. Picture date: Sunday January 15, 2023. PA Photo. Nearly 4,000 puppies have been born at the site this season, up from fewer than 100 births some 20 years ago. Friends of Horsey Seals, who monitor the colony and regularly count new arrivals, have set up a voluntary beach closure and deploy seal keepers to ensure the public keeps a safe distance from the protective mothers and their pups. See PA story ANIMALS Seals. Photo credit should read: Joe Giddens/PA Wire

Gray seals arrive at Horsey beach every year (Image: PA)

“They’re very popular with visitors, which is funny because they don’t really do anything, they come ashore and flop down and every few hours the pup nudges the mother for something to eat.”

Around 50% of the world’s gray seal population resides along the British coast, with Norfolk being an important breeding area.

Visitors are asked to keep their distance and keep their dogs on a leash while the puppies are on land until around February.

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