Seehundstation Friedrichskoog 


Our animals

In our communal husbandry, the two domestic seal species, harbour and grey seal, can be watched on land, in the water as well as under water. This is unique in all of Germany.


There were different reasons why our animals could not be released into the wild again. Some were born in the Seal Centre. Currently, four harbour and two grey seals live in the spacious and naturalistic 800 m³ seawater pools.


The following animals live permamently at the Seal Centre:


Seehund Deern



Harbour seal “Deern” lives at the centre since 1985 and the oldest animal in the big pool. Her fur is pretty dark and heavily spotted, especially on the ventral side. That is how she is easily recognised at the underwater window. At the forehead, next to the right eye she has a distinct white line. Her whiskers are particularly long and strong. She often sleeps vertically in the water, so that only her head is visible.

Harbour seal „Lümmel“ is at the centre since 1987. He is the largest and heaviest harbour seal.

“Lümmel” can be easly  recognised by his big, round and very dark coloured head. Since a viral infection in 1998 he is blind, which does not impair him, however. His other senses help him cope and orientate (e.g. whiskers). During the day his eyes are mostly wide open. Getting darker, the white opacification of the eye fundus is clearly visible. He likes to rest and sleep in the shallow water area in front of the research hut or between the rocks in the lower pool.


*Lümmel died on 06.05.2013.*



Seehund Lümmel

 Seehund Hein  


Harbour seal „Hein“ was born in Friedrichskoog in 1987. Just like his father Lümmel he has a big round, dark head and with a little imagination you can see white lines on his forehead forming an “H”. Often enough he can be heard from far away imitating the foghorn or grunting and bubbling to impress the females. He is very active and agile, frolic around in the water or sits on his hind flippers in the isolating pool. His favourite place in the sun is the rock opposite the waterfall. Lying on his back you can find him regularly sleeping on the island.

Harbour seal „Mareike“ came to the centre in 2002. She was a lone pup from the Hamburg harbour and was not able to be released again. We had to remove a claw at her left front flipper, so that she only has four claws on that one – you can see that very well at the underwater window. She is pretty  dark-coloured, has a protracted snout and only few lines in her face.

  Seehund Mareike
Seehund Lilli  

Harbour seal „Lilli“ was born at the centre in 2003. She has a small white dot on the back of her nose and a distinct white design on her forehead. Lilli is very active, rollicking with Hein or Mareike through the pool and likes to slide with dash across the island. At the underwater window she often flirts with visitors.

Grey seal „Juris“ was born at the Lithuanian Marine Museum in Klaipeda in 2005. Since February 2006 he lives at the Seal Center Friedrichskoog. Juris can be recognised by his big, dark head, which is, contrary to the harbour seals, elongated. Whenever he wants fish he slaps vociferously onto the water with both front flippers.


 Kegelrobbe Juris



Kegelrobbe Nemi im Eis  

Grey seal „Nemirseta“ was also born in 2005. As pup she was found weakened and emaciated near the town of Nemirseta at the Lithuanian Baltic coast. For rehabilitation she was admitted to the Marine Museum in Klaipeda. She couldn’t be released into the Baltic again, because she never learnt to subsist on her own. In 2006 she came to the Seal Centre Friedrichskoog together with Juris. “Nemi”, as she is called by our staff, can be recognised by her light fur with the dark spots and her very long claws at the front flippers. She is very curious and interested in everything happening around her.


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