The Icelandic Seal Center organized a seal counting initiative in the inner Húnaflói bay in northwest Iceland last weekend. A total of 1,054 seals were counted, compared to 1,019 last year.
A seal at the Reykjavík Zoo. Photo by Páll Kjartansson.
Thirty people participated in the initiative, 25 of whom were volunteers. Most people walked along the shore but others counted seals from horseback. A few of those counting were onboard the seal-watching boat Brimill, visir.is reports.
The counting took two hours and started two hours before low tide. Areas were counted at the same time to prevent the seals from being counted twice.
The initiative always takes place at the end of July when the weather is good and it is most likely to find seals lying on the beach.
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