Grey Seal

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

The grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) are very large animals, 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 Seal 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
Can be told from Common Seal by its larger size and by the longer head with a sloping ‘roman nose’ profile.

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

A recommended reference book for further information is the ‘Great British Marine Animals’ by Paul Naylor. (

Photo Credit: © Copyright Paul Naylor