Seals at Ecomare
At Ecomare you can see seals up close. In order to avoid crowds around the basins, there will be no feeding presentations in the near future. But maybe you’ll be lucky to see the animal caretaker give them fish, since the animals do need to eat of course! In addition to the seal species which live in the North Sea and Wadden Sea, there are now two ringed seals at Ecomare. This species lives in the Arctic region, but is occasionally found in the North Sea as a vagrant. Have you discovered the differences between the seal species?
Every year, Ecomare cares for around 100 young, sick, weakened or wounded seals. When they are healthy, they go back to the sea. At Ecomare, you can follow the entire seal care process close up. The smallest and weakest seals remain in the special seal quarantines. These areas are specially designed for the recovery of the seals. There is under floor heating, extra options for hygiene and when their condition allows it, the animals can swim in their own pool. This quarantine area isn’t too large so the animals can save all their energy for getting better. From behind glass, you can watch how they are cared for. When they recover, the seals move to the roomier outdoor bassins. Here you can see them swimming, playing and sun-bathing. At this stage, the seals only need to gain weight so that they can take care of themselves when they return to the wild.
Permanent seal care
At Ecomare, there are also seals that can’t return to the wild. Most of them are very old, are blind or are missing teeth. There are also a few younger animals, which aren’t capable of surviving in nature due to various circumstances. At Ecomare, they are cared for their entire life.
Since August 2018, two ringed seals have joined the permanent group of seas at Ecomare. Because their dwelling at the Royal Burgers Zoo is being rebuilt for other purposes, a new residence had to be found for them. Ecomare has offered the ringed seals a new home.