Serco NorthLink Ferries has been announced as the proud sponsor of this year’s Sanday seal camera.
Roderick Thorne, Sanday’s ranger, masterminded the ‘sealcam’ last year, attracting seal lovers from 18 different countries during the month of November – the traditional time for grey seals to come up to the shore to give birth.
As a result of its popularity, Roderick has teamed up with the Northern Isles ferry operator to allow the service to run for a second year, with added enhancements including an infrared camera. This will ensure viewers do not miss night-time births, which aren’t uncommon.
Stuart Garrett, Managing Director at Serco NorthLink Ferries, commented: “The ‘sealcam’ was met with much fascination last year so we were keen to work with Roderick to improve the appeal of this fantastic service.
“Orkney’s wildlife is a huge draw for our passengers so a special mention must go to Roderick for his dedication and commitment to promoting these animals and their stunning surroundings.
“We look forward to even more seal-watchers across the globe catching a glimpse of these beautiful animals in this special location.”
Roderick Thorne, who has lived on the island since 1984, added: “Last year’s first lot of pups were actually born in late October, which I closely monitored from my home 10 kilometres away, so I am very much looking forward to capturing them slightly earlier this year.
“The appeal internationally has been overwhelming with some fantastic feedback.”