To my surprise, this week’s warm weather has actually been good for the moulting elephant seal at Ambleside beach. I thought the sun would make him more uncomfortable, especially with people constantly gathered around him.
But Paul Cottrell with the Department of Fisheries and Oceans told me high temperatures make the moutling process faster (The young seal is going through a catastrophic moult” by losing all his fur and an underlying layer of skin).
In 20 days or so, he’s expected to leave Ambleside and swim south to Washington State and California.
When I got there, his tail was in the water and he moved slowly up the beach to stay dry. It was a perfect photo opp because he usually sleeps all day.
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