Just as we were about to depart from Vlieland, this seal popped up to wave us goodbye.
Common seals were almost wiped out in the sixties, but they are doing remarkably well in the Wadden Sea nowadays.
It’s always wonderful to see them up close. Like humans, they are quite curious and love a good – who’s watching who – match.
Mudflat hiking is popular in the Wadden Sea, which stretches from the Netherlands, northwest Germany to Denmark. People walk and wade on the mudflats during low tide.
In the Netherlands, mudflat hikers can walk from the mainland to Terschelling, Ameland, Engelsmanplaat, Schiermonnikoog, Simonszand and Rottumeroog. In Germany, mudflat hikers can walk to Norderney, Baltrum, Langeoog, Spiekeroog and Minsener-Oldoog. There is also a connection between the islands Amrum and Föhr. In Denmark, mudflat hikers can walk to Mandø, Fanø and Langli.
Mudflat hikers are only allowed out into the Wadden Sea under the supervision of licensed guides, who will lead walkers onto the organized routes. It is too dangerous to go out hiking on your own.
The boy in the picture was part of a group of hikers that just came back to the harbour of Noordpolderzijl, after a mudflat hike in the area.
Black-headed gulls against a Wadden Sea skyline. The Wadden Sea is now a world heritage site. Have a look at the brand new worldheritage-waddensea website. Please take a few minutes to watch the video, it will show your how beautiful this area is. It’s a pity the Danes didn’t join the nomination. The Wadden Sea stretches from the North Sea coast of the Netherlands, Germany and Denmark.
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