Increased harbour seal mortality in the Wadden Sea

21 november 2014 – 1578 severely sick or dead harbour seals were found at the west coast of Schleswig-Holstein to date, with the vast majority reported from the islands of Sylt, Helgoland, Amrum and Föhr. Only few more dead seals were found over the last couple of days and most of these animals seemed to be dead for a while. Therefore, the National Park Administration is expecting the disease to subside. Almost 90% of harbour seals in the area survived the influenza epidemic.

In Lower Saxony few more than 100 dead animals were found and the influenza H10N7 was confirmed. In the Netherlands first dead harbour seals were reported, while results of the laboratory analysis are pending.