An expedition to the seal colony by boat
Be part of a scientific team which researches the life of seals.
Board the ship “Weiße Flotte” as you join the local ranger on his daily duties. You will learn many interesting facts about marine biology, including sea animals & plantation. You will also have a chance to learn about the historic development of the grey seal in the Baltic Sea and the importance of scientific and systematic monitoring.
If you are lucky you will have the possibility to experience the seals in their natural habitat and take an active part in the monitoring of the animals. The gathered data will be made available to the responsible authorities.
In 2011 we were able to watch up to 18 animals at the same time on the shore line during the trips – this is the current record!
A big night out with bats
Wait with excitement for dawn and dusk near the Seepark Sellin. While the sun is starting to set outside, the holidaymakers can dive into the world of bats behind closed doors. “This evening we will see - and hear - the hunters in action” promises Jens. “Remember this face” jokes the bat expert while a picture of a furry creature moves through the hands of the holidaymakers with pointy teeth, big ears and spread out gliding wings. Only an hour later the holidaymakers experience the night gliders live and in action - a black silhouette that flies into the evening sky. Some guests have seen these night active animals before but very few have actually heard them before. This evening the sound of the animals is being translated by a bat-detector which enables the human ear to hear their sounds.
Different to humans, you could say that bats see with their ears. Behind the church of Göhren the detector exposes a common “pipistrelle” bat which is evidently approaching an insect. The sequence between the weird sounding location signals is becoming shorter and shorter – suddenly there is silence, the bat is eating.
“That was great fun”, little Eric says while walking. He would love to buy a bat detector for himself and go on a foray every night.
Advice: Bring warm clothes for the evening.
If stones could speak
Yes – what would happen if they could?! Would they tell me how cold they are or how one time a caveman banged his big toe against them? If stones could speak – then the beach would be a very busy place- I probably couldn’t hear myself think. What do you mean – stones can’t speak?!
That’s what you think! I haven’t heard any of them speak either but the guide of this event knew all the stones by their name, he also knew exactly where they came from. After a couple of funny stone games we even baked our own bread with these stones - nearly like in the Stone Age just that the fur clothing was missing. It was lovely to finish the evening with cane bread made over an open fire.
Holidaymakers on patrol with the local ranger
Our biologists do regular patrols through the reserve South-East Rügen on behalf of the environmental partners NABU (Nature and Biodiversity Conservation Union) and the biosphere reserve. The “holiday rangers” monitor the current population of certain animals, record the status of the vegetation, take water samples from the Baltic Sea and also report current weather data. In the beach-camp at the north beach of the seaside resort Göhren all the collected information will be analyzed scientifically and stored on a computer. As a guest of the Seepark Sellin you can provide support for this exciting task.
Monitoring of animal population and vegetation status, water sample and analysis, microbiological determination, weather, paw prints
The Baltic Sea – not like any other sea
The Baltic Sea is an important ocean for biologists. Why? Similar to the Dead Sea it has a unique habitat, just not as imposing. You must know that the Baltic Sea is the biggest brackish water on earth. What exactly is brackish water? This is the name used to describe lakes or sometimes rivers which are a mixture of sea and fresh water.
This is what makes the Baltic Sea and a holiday on Rügen so special. Regular visitors to Rügen might have noticed that they are able to leave their eyes open when diving in the Baltic Sea. The salt content is very low so that it is less aggressive than chlorine in swimming pools. These are only a small few facts about the Baltic Sea. As a guest of the Seepark Sellin you can be part of these tours, this way you can learn many more interesting facts about this ocean.