The seals on Fanø

Distance: 21.30 Km

The seals are one of the top attractions on Fanø. Here you can experience the harbor seal and the gray seal in the wild. The seals can be seen in many places in the sea around Fanø, where they stick their heads out of the water, or they lie and sunbathe on the sandbanks.

The guided tours go to Galgerev southwest of Sønderho, where you can experience up to 700 seals. At low tide you can walk on the seabed the approx. 1,7 km, all the way to Galgerev. Gallows reef is a high sand, which means that it is not flooded at high tide. Between us and the seals there is an approx. 100 m wide channel, so that the seals do not allow themselves to be disturbed. Sometimes individual seals jump into the water and swim across to see what is going on.

Woodpecker Seal
You can experience the harbor seal in all Danish waters. In the Wadden Sea, the population is particularly large. The harbor seal was completely protected in 1977 and slowly the seals have become accustomed to the fact that humans are not so dangerous at all. This means that today we can get very close to the fascinating animal and consider its impressive adaptation to life in the sea. Although seals specialize in marine life, they are completely dependent on being able to come ashore to rest and feed the young. The many sandbanks of the Wadden Sea are therefore just as important as the shallow sea itself with its great richness of food.

The gray seal
In recent years, the Wadden Sea has been able to enjoy the sight of not only the common harbor seal, but also the more rare gray seal. Over the past ten years, the groups of gray seals on the sandbanks have grown, and on Langjord off Fanø, it is not unusual to count 50 animals in May, when the seals shed their fur. The male weighs up to 300 kilos and is often very dark, almost black. The smaller females may be more difficult to recognize from the harbor seal, but are clearly larger than this and have the gray seal's characteristic conical head.

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Tourists and seals on Fanø Photographer: Destination Wadden Sea coast Copyright: Thomas Skjold
Seal on the beach at Fanø Photographer: Destination Wadden Sea coast Copyright: Destination Wadden Sea Coast
Seals by the Wadden Sea on Fanø Photographer: Destination Wadden Sea coast Copyright: Destination Wadden Sea Coast
The seals welcome you at Nordby on Fanø Photographer: Destination Wadden Sea coast Copyright: Destination Wadden Sea Coast
The seals enjoy the sun on Fanø Photographer: Destination Wadden Sea coast Copyright: Klaus Louring