Seal centre in hel
The main seaside boulevard, located between the fishing port and the navy harbour, leads to the Hel seal research centre which is open to visitors. In the pools there are grey seals which used to be the most common species found in the south Baltic area but have almost become extinct due to intensive and long-term hunt. In the seal centre there are animals in quaran-tine and recovery after which they return to their natural environment. The seal centre is part of the Marine Station – a research site of the Gdansk University Oceanography Institute which carries out a project of grey seal colony protection in the south Baltic region.
The research centre was founded in 1999, although the seal protection project had been started earlier – with the first seal charge named Balbin.