Scotland’s fastest tidal races act like a sushi bar for seals, raising fears wildlife is on a deadly collision course with marine energy projects, a study suggests. Harbour seals feed over a wide area, spending days miles offshore. Experts at the University of St Andrew’s Sea Mammal Research Unit (SMRU) and the Scottish Association for Marine Science (SAMS) found a huge number of harbour seals in the Kyle Rhea channel between Skye and the mainland. They believe the mammals have learnt that the currents in the channel, which was once earmarked for a tidal scheme, act like a sushi bar conveyor belt by shunting mackerel through. Gordon Hastie, lead author at SMRU, warned that if the fast currents attracted “high numbers” of seals there was potential for fatal collisions with fast-moving rotating blades.
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