A seal pup has been exploring its new surroundings in Tynemouth.
Calypso, the harbour seal, was born at the town’s Blue Reef Aquarium in July. Although still too small to join the other seals in the main Seal Cove, she has been enjoying long walks around the aquarium.
Blue Reef Aquarium’s Rosie Wiggin said: “Calypso is doing really well, she has almost doubled her birth weight but we won’t introduce her into the main pool until she reaches the recommended weight of 30kgs.
“She’s extremely confident and has taken to only eating the largest fish we give her, which is herring, and turning her nose up at anything smaller. Our keepers have started some basic training with her, mostly to get her used to them interacting with her.
“At the moment she is like a puppy, just exploring everything with her mouth.
“As well as her daily walks, she also really likes playing with her Frisbee and with the water coming out of the hose when we are filling up her pool.”
Harbour seal pups are born on land but are able to swim and dive within hours. They remain dependent on their mother’s milk for up to four weeks.
Calypso is the third harbour seal pup to have been born at the aquarium. Benji and Cody, who were born in 2013 and 2014 respectively, are now living at Deep Sea World in Scotland.
All the harbour seals at Blue Reef Aquarium are captive bred, with adult females Loffe and Selina coming from Norway and the males Marvolo, who is the father of all three pups, and Sofus coming from Denmark.
Seal Cove contains more than 800,000 litres of seawater and features man-made islands, underwater caves, diving pools and a cascading waterfall.