Grey Seal
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Taken at Portnahaven, Islay on 14th July 2017 using Nikon D5200 with Sigma 600 mm zoom lens.




 





Taken at Port Wemyss, Islay on 14th July 2017 using Nikon D5200
with Sigma 600 mm zoom lens.
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Taken at Dunbar harbour on 6th August 2017 using Nikon D5200
with Sigma 600 mm zoom lens.
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Grey Seal.
Scientific Name:
Family:
Order:
A.K.A.
Halichoerus grypus.
Phocidae.
Carnivora.
Atlantic seal, Horsehead seal.
Habitat:




Food:

Appearance:
On and around the coasts. Notably large colonies
are at Donna Nook, the Farne Islands, Orkney
and North Rona, Lambay Island and Ramsey Island
In the German Bight, colonies exist off the islands
of Sylt and Amrum and on Heligoland.
A wide variety of fish, but will eat whatever is available,
including octopus and lobster.
Bulls reach 2.5–3.3 m long and weigh from 170–310 kg ;
the cows are much smaller, typically 1.6–2.0 m long and
100–190 kg in weight.
Pups are born at around a mass of 14 kg. They are born
in the Autumn (September to November) in the west,
with a dense, soft silky white fur; at first small, they
rapidly fatten up on their mothers' extremely fat-rich milk.
The milk can consist of up to 60% fat. Within a month or
so they shed the pup fur, grow dense waterproof adult
fur, and leave for the sea to learn to fish for themselves.