icemaiden's picture

Otter or Seal

Observed: 29th April 2011 By: icemaiden
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - current student
icemaiden’s reputation in Mammals

Mottled grey appearance with almost otter like face shape. very inquisitive, and quite cute.

Species interactions

No interactions present.


Syrphus's picture

Certainly a seal, but I would

Certainly a seal, but I would not like to plump for a species from this picture - it is a bit distant. It is wrong to exclude Common on habitat - they are very often on skerries and it is not uncommon on the W coast to see both species in close proximity.



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Gill Sinclair's picture

Straight profile

If you zoom in, the animal on the left has a very straight profile, so I think grey seal.

Gill Sinclair
OU Certificate in Contemporary Science
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the naturalist man's picture


The one on the left is definitely a grey from the shape of the head. I can not be so certain of the one on the right, probably a grey but there is something common seal about its jizz, I can not quite put my finger on it. Certainly bobbing right out of the water like that is more reminiscent of common seal.

Graham Banwell

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