Offshore wind farms are seal havens

If you were a harbour seal in British waters, you would go crazy for a wind farm fish buffet

Structures set in water, like wind farms, have recently been found to be an important source of food for marine mammals like seals. The submerged solid is soon coated in algae, which attracts microscopic bacteria. Animals that filter-feed on plankton like barnacles and mussels settle there, which in turn draws in fish.

These systems have grabbed the attention of harbour seals that live along the UK coastline. They take a direct route out to sea, making a beeline for oceanic turbines. These areas are flooded with fish like cod and whiting, which feed on the artificial reef system and seals are drawn to them like a magnet.

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