Harbour seals. Photo: AP Photo/Heribert Proepper
Harbour seals. Photo: AP Photo/Heribert Proepper

Harbor seals on the rebound

Harbor seals are making a comeback. According to the Swedish Agency for Marine and Water Management, the number of harbor seals in the Kalmar Strait, between the mainland and the island of Öland, has increased by nearly 9 percent a year over the past decade.

The strait is the only part of the Swedish east coast where there are harbor seals.

Swedish Television News reports that the increase is attributed to a reduction in toxins in the environment. But the fishing industry has complained about the damage to their equipment caused by seals.

Back in April some 3000 harbor seals died along the Swedish west coast, infected with bird flu.

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