At the Seehundestation

Last Friday was the last Day of my Internship in Brunsbüttel, and it was only a Half-Day. Because of that, I had a bit of Time to spare before I had to pack up and drive back Home.

I ended up driving to Friedrichskoog by the Nordsee, where I got half of my Ice Cream shot into my Face by the Wind. It was still awesome to be there for a while and just watch the Sea.

The Seehundstation.

Just as I was about to leave the Area, I then drove past a Sign that absolutely caught my Attention: It was guiding me to a Seehundstation. That is a place where they tend to abandoned Seals.

I just had to go there, and so I turned around and followed the posted Signage right to the Station.

There, I quickly parked and headed for the Building that actually looked really cool, but not at all like a Whale. That would have been the local Indoor Playground.

The Play Whale.

But since I was there for the Seals, I quickly headed into the actual Seehundstation and inquired about their pricing, and if they accepted Card Payments.

They did accept Card Payments, and so I paid my 7€ Fee to get in and see some Seals. I have to say that that Price was definitely justified for all the Work they do. Taking Care of lost Seals definitely is a very important Job that needs to be done.

In the Station, the first thing I saw were some actual Seehunde. There were two lying around outside of the Water. And I really liked them a lot.

A Seehund chilling out.

Just beyond that first Pool, there was another one that currently just hosted a single Male Kegelrobbe. The female was somewhere else for Monitoring or something like that.

That particular Robbe was very good at holding its Breath and staying very still under water. It almost fooled me into thinking that it was not anymore. But after a while it came up to take a Breath.

It then also swam a few Rounds and headed back into its Hidey-Hole. I guess it just was not in the best of Moods.

The Robbe.

Since the current Situation is still ongoing, there were some special Rules in Places. Like a One-Way System. So after walking past all the Seal, I headed downstairs into the Exhibition Space about those very Seals and all other Kinds of Seals. Except for those of the Navy.

Due to hygiene Rules, you were not allowed to touch any of the Exhibits, and Children were not allowed to use the Crawl Tunnels. It was still kinda Cool, and there was a high Window leading into that very first Basin.

While the Water was very green-ish, I was still able to see a few Seals swimming by and enjoying themselves. Auto-Focus was a bit challenging though.

A beautiful Seal enjoying itself.

There also were some abandoned Baby Seals, also known as Heuler, in the Station. That Name comes because they tend to cry out for Food or their Mothers.

Because all those Animals are supposed to be put back into the wild once they have learned how to Feed, and once they are heavy enough, they are re kept far away from the Visitors though. Those little ones are not supposed to get used to Humans. That could be dangerous after all.

Like when they would swim to a Ship expecting to get some Food only to be run over by it. Nobody wants that.

Off Course they are also supposed to stay healthy. And that is also easier with Separation. All the Workers even have individual Gloves for the different Heuler Basins because of that.

Seagulls and Heuler.

Last Friday, I had a green Time visiting the Seehundstation in Friedrichskoog. I had wanted to do something like that since a few Years now, but I had never been able to do that.

I would also go and visit again anytime. The Seals definitely deserve some educated Attention. Not those People who always go way to close.

In the Station.

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