Thriving seal population shows Thames is ‘full of life’

The Thames’ healthy seal population is proof the river is teeming with life, conservationists have said, despite a dip in numbers over the past two years. A team of researchers from the Zoological Society of London (ZSL) found the river was home to 2,866 grey seals and 797 harbour seals following the most recent pupping season. Apart from 2020 when the survey was paused due to the pandemic, the seals have been counted every year since 2013.

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