Grey Seal (Halichoerus grypus)
Grey Seal, Kinlochbervie, Scotland, May 2005 - click for larger image

The Grey Seal is found in the northwest Atlantic from Labrador to Massachusetts, in the north-east Atlantic from France to Russia but mainly off the British Isles with 40% of the world population, and in the Baltic Sea.

They are larger than Common Seal Phoca vitulina at up to 2.3 metres long and 350 kilos weight for a male.

Grey Seal, Kinlochbervie, Scotland, May 2005 - click for larger image They have a grey or brown blotchy coat and a long muzzle which is virtually straight from the crown to the nose.

They eat sand-eels, whitefish and flatfish but not salmon.

They are full of curiosity and will often follow you as you walk along a cliff top and keep an eye on you while floating vertically in the water as the seal in the 3rd photo was doing.

Westray, Orkney, Scotland, May 2003 - click for larger image .
North Rona, Scotland, May 2005 - click for larger image .
North Rona, Scotland, May 2005 - click for larger image
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