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Bull grey seal

Halichoerus grypus

Description:

It is a large seal of the family Phocidae or "true seals", bulls reaching 2.5–3.3 m and weighing 170–310 kg. During the winter months grey seals can be seen hauled out on rocks, islands, and shoals not far from shore, occasionally coming ashore to rest. In the spring recently weaned pups and yearlings occasionally strand on beaches after becoming separated from their group. North Atlantic Ocean.

Habitat:

They can be found in the North of UK. This spotting took place in Fetlar I. (Shetlands).

Notes:

They are distinguished from the harbor seals because the latter have a more dog-like muzzle whereas the grey seal has a more greek-like nose muzzle.

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4 Comments

mendes.madalena
mendes.madalena 8 years ago

ohhh its nostrils! so cool

The MnMs
The MnMs 8 years ago

Hehe @Maria:
the weather was not sunny enough for the seal to want to come out of the water. Unfortunately I only saw his head as well :-)

Maria dB
Maria dB 8 years ago

We can't see much of this seal but the photos of its face are great!

Jacob Gorneau
Jacob Gorneau 8 years ago

Beautiful series!

The MnMs
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The MnMs

Scotland, United Kingdom

Spotted on Jun 13, 2013
Submitted on Jul 21, 2013

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