Common Seal
Taken at Stevenston on 11th January 2018 using Nikon D5200 with Sigma 600 mm zoom lens.
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Taken at Blackwaterfoot, Arran on 27th April 2019 using Nikon D500 with Sigma 600 mm zoom lens. Fact File


Taken at Ardmore Point on 8th April 2015 using Nikon D5200 with Sigma 150-500 mm zoom lens. Fact File

Taken at Lunga on 29th July 2015 using Nikon D5200 with Sigma 150-500 mm zoom lens. Fact File

Juvenile
Taken at Kylescu on
10th July 2014 using Nikon D5200 with Sigma 150-500 mm zoom lens.
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Common Seal.
Species
Family:
Order:
A.K.A.
Phoca vitulina vitulina (Eastern Atlantic Sub Species of Phoca vitulina)
Phocidae.
Carnivora.

Harbour seal.
Habitat:



Food:


Appearance:
Harbour seals prefer to frequent familiar resting sites. They may spend several days at sea and travel up to 50 kilometers in search of feeding grounds.Resting sites may be both rugged, rocky coasts, such as those of the Hebrides or the shorelines of New England, or sandy beaches.
Fish such as menhaden, anchovy, sea bass, herring, mackerel, cod, whiting and flatfish, and occasionally shrimp, crabs, mollusks and squid.
Individual seals possess a unique pattern of spots, either dark on a light background or light on a dark. They vary in color from brownish black to tan or grey; underparts are generally lighter. The body and flippers are short, heads are rounded. Nostrils appear distinctively V-shaped. Adults can be up to 1.85 meters in length and weigh from 55 to 168 kg. Females are generally smaller.