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  (Nilsson 1820)
  Carnivora - Phocidae
  Grey Seal - Halichoerus grypus

  (Nilsson 1820)
  Carnivora - Phocidae
  Grey Seal - Halichoerus grypus

Grey Seal:     UK Status:       Resident

Distribution: This fairly large seal is found in various places on the British coastline. There are large colonies at Lambay Island, Orkney, North Rona, Farne Islands, Northumberland, Pembrokeshire, Donna Nook, Blakeney Point and Dublin in Ireland. There are also many smaller colonies. grey Seals are also found off the Canadian and some European coasts

Male Body Length: 1.95 metres to 2.3 metres, occasionally achieving 3 metres.

Female Body Length: 1.6 metres to 1.95 metres.

Habitat: This species is found mainly inshore feeding on fish and other small sea creatures. They often come out of the water in late autumn, and early winter to mate a give birth. Males mate with females directly after they have given birth. When females put to sea again in January, they are often already pregnant, and will birth again the following year.

Food  Source: Small to medium fish, Lobsters and Octopus.

Similar Species: The Hooded Seal is similar.

Similar Species: None

(Nilsson 1820) (Nilsson 1820) (Nilsson 1820) (Nilsson 1820)
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