The Monachs comprise a four mile strip of low lying
islands in the Outer Hebrides. This beautiful, remote location is home to a very
special nature spectacle - thousands of Grey Seals and their pups.
Isles - one of the best seal watching spots in Britain|
Monach Islands with their sandy beaches and sandy dunes are beautiful and remote.
islands were once inhabited by about 100 people who raised livestock, but in the
1940s the area was abandoned.
In stormy weather the islands can be inaccessible
due to Atlantic gales, and visitors may have to wait until it's a calm day.
Monach Islands promise a fantastic wildlife watching experience.
of breeding Grey Seals is the largest in Europe and one of the biggest in the
The population of Grey Seals swells in the autumn to 35,000 as seals
from other areas congregate to pup.
The males are the first to arrive and
the first task they perform is herd the females into harems and these beach masters
will then try and hold their territory against all comers.
The fights between
the male bulls can be vicious and bloody.
Up to 9,000 seals are born on
the islands, and October is the best time to see this natural spectacle.
out for the female seals or cows suckling their young calves - their mother's
milk contains 60% fat.
The calves can double their weight in just one week
as a result of this high fat diet.
By the end of the lactation period the
calves are about three times heavier than when they were born.
lucky, you might see the calves swimming with their mothers in the waters around
Also look out for the male seals or bulls who can get involved
in ferocious fighting to defend their harems.