Cornwall's grey seals are stars of new webcam
A webcam has been installed at Falmouth coastguard station to capture live footage of seals to assist in the creation of a database of Cornwall's grey seal population.
'SealCam' has been set up by Falmouth Harbour Commissioners to help Cornwall Seal Group monitor, identify and record seals, using photographic identification of the unique markings on their coats. The footage generated of the seals at Black Rock will be used to inform the Falmouth Seal Photo Identification Project, which aims to help researchers better understand local seals.
Sue Sayer, seal specialist from Cornwall Seal Group, said: "SealCam will enable us to finally establish the age and sex profiles of the seals using Falmouth's Black Rock at low tide and their seasonal habits in the area.
"SealCam will hugely enhance our photo identification of seals here and enable us to make a greater number of links with other sites around the Cornish coast and Celtic Sea. We can't wait to discover the seal secrets of Black Rock."
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The webcam will also be available for the public to use, via the 'sustainability' section of the commissioner's website www.falmouthport.co.uk.
Environment manager, Harriet Knowles said: "SealCam is available for all our harbour users to enjoy. We hope people will make the most of the opportunity to survey seals at Black Rock, but also use the webcam to monitor the weather and sea state before using the water ways, and look-out for interesting vessels calling at Falmouth's busy port."
For more information on Cornwall Seal Group visit www.cornwallsealgroup.co.uk