Since 2015, researchers Bea and Marga have been conducting field research in the Dollard. They are researching common seal mothers here. These seals come to the Dollard area to give birth to and nurse their pups. This research provides valuable and now indispensable insights for our mission: a healthy seal in a healthy sea.

In May and June, the common seal birthing season, several seal mothers return each year. Many of them are recognized by the researchers. Bea and Marga recognize the seals by their spotting pattern. They named the seals for their research. 

Below are some common seals we expect to see this year again in the Dollard:

Caperucita

Caperucita

Species: common seal
Meaning of name: Red Riding Hood in Spanish
Last seen in the Dollard: July 2021  
About the seal: Caperucita has red on top of her head and is therefore named after Red Riding Hood. She has been returning to the Dollard area for years and gets a pup there every year. Caperucita has a favourite spot in the area where she often sleeps. We'll update this page as soon as she's spotted again! 

TO BE CONTINUED...

Botones

Botones

Species: common seal
Meaning of name: buttons in Spanish
Last seen in the Dollard: 2021  
About the seal: Botone's fur makes it look like she has buttons around her waist. Which is the reason why she got the name Botones. Almost every year she comes back to the Dollard with a pup. Botones prefers to be in the water, where she emerges above the water like a crocodile with just her eyes and nose.

TO BE CONTINUED...

Moustache

Moustache

Species: common seal
Meaning of name: Mustache in French
Last seen in the Dollard: 25 May, 2022  
About the seal: Mustache has a white patch on the right side of her head that makes it look like she has a mustache. She likes to lie in the sun. If she has lost her pup, she can keep looking for him or her for hours. Mustache was recently spotted and she's pregnant again! We hope to follow her along with her new pup.

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