Our amazing volunteers keep a constant watch over our precious seals.
Nichola’s eagle eyes spotted a large rockfall on the West Cornwall haul out beach on Friday.
This is not the first time seals have been at risk from rockfalls here and several have been killed in previous cliff collapses.
There is one young seal hauled out in Nichola’s photo. Whilst it does have a small injury, this may not be linked with the rockfall.
So we have pinpointed this rockfall taking place to sometime around the 08/05/19.
It was NOT there on 07/05/19 between 14:00 and 15:00, but it WAS there on 09/05/19 by 11:30
The forecast weather for Weds 08/05/19 was heavy rain and strong winds!
There have been no substantial falls, if any, since 08/05/19.
We will continue to monitor the anticipated disappearance of these large rocks.
Previous substantial rockfalls (usually associated with dead seals) at this site have been recorded in 2001, 2005, 2007, 2011 and 2014. To read about these and other cliff falls along this stretch of coast click here. The seals are fortunate that this particular substantial fall did not occur at a time when large numbers of seals are hauled out, but as the seals are transitioning to their offshore sites. Fingers crossed none have suffered or been killed.
Huge thanks to Nichola for pinpointing this event for us. If you have photos of this fall to narrow down the exact date it occurred, please email [email protected]