Grey Seal

Grey Seal
Darin Smith

Scientific name:

Halichoerus grypus


A very large animal, males can grow up to 3 metres long and weigh 300kg! The Grey Seal spends most of its time out at sea, where it feeds on fish. Mainly greyish in colour, with darker blotches and spots. The grey sSeal is more often found on rocky shores, although large colony of grey seals breeds in the sand dunes at Donna Nook on the Lincolnshire coast: the fluffy white pups can be seen between October and December.

How to identify:

<p>Can be told from common seal by its larger size and by the longer head with a sloping ‘roman nose’ profile. <strong></strong></p>


Found around the coasts of Wales, Scotland, Northern Ireland and parts of eastern England and south west England.

Fantastic facts:

There are more than 90,000 Grey Seals in Britain.