Seals stage a comeback on France's sea coast

Seals started to disappear from the Cote d'Opale in the 1970s, under pressure from fishermen who saw them as rivals for their catch.

Seals, who have no natural predators in the English Channel, have been a protected species in France since the 1980s and as a result in recent years they have begun to return to the coast.

According to a 2018 report of the Hauts-de-France region's Eco-Phoques project, at least 1,100 seals now live in the area.

In the region's Baie de Somme, numbers of harbour seals have grown by 14.4% between 1990 and 2017, while the grey seal population has risen by 20%, the study found.