Grey Seal

Of the two seal species in the UK, the grey seal is the largest. You can often find these curious creatures bobbing in the waves close to shore.

IDENTIFYING CHARACTERISTICS

While these large mammals need to spend vast amounts of time out at sea hunting for fish, grey seals come to shore to give birth. Large colonies on the east coast of England, for example, are popular with large colonies, as well as beaches and islands elsewhere in the UK. Born between September and December, the fluffy white seal pups remain on land until they've moulted their coats — before they too join in the hunting!

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