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Grey or common seals

Observed: 27th August 2012 By: adrianashleyadrianashley’s reputation in Mammals

Grey or common seals
I saw these two seals in Suffolk last year.
One of them is grey but, confusingly, the other one is brown.
Can someone tell what species they are please?

Species interactions

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scubamann's picture


I will concede that I had not considered that the two species might be so close together, and went primarily on the left seal. I now see that the other is probably the harbour/common/eastern atlantic.
So I go with Gill Sinclair.

dejayM's picture

Me too

Here (in the wonder county) they seem to mix freely. The greys seem to return ashore just afore the 'harbours', after disturbance; but I have seen them lounging pretty close together. I did a lot of counts a few years back and they were often hauled up together making observations interesting when maturing harbour pups were present.
I'll try post some pics.

lordro's picture

The seal on the left.

The profile says "Grey". As for the other one, I'm follwing the discussion.