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I must say the length of common names of creatures are getting silly! What are we going to call the Baltic population - North East Atlantic Ocean And Into The Baltic Sea Harbour Seal? Perhaps we should change the Mediterranean shearwater to Mediterranean And Eastern Atlantic In Summer Western Atlantic and Antarctic Ocean In Winter Shearwater - Oh wait! instead we have split it into two new species - AHHHHHH!
Sorry, rant and moment of madness over.
Yes these are common seals - note I'm stubbornly sticking to the British name and not adopting the silly extended American name. There's no real evidence the American population is any different from ours anyway, certainly not enough to be a separate species, they intermingle around Greenland and the Arctic circle for goodness sake - don't get me on Americans and 'splitting'! sorry, I'm off again.
Note the puppy-dog muzzle and the mottled/spotty coat rather than the larger head with Roman nose muzzle and large blotchy coat of a grey seal.
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I must say I do prefer harbour seal because they're not always that common, but I'm not sure when or why iSpot started suggesting 'eastern atlantic'. By the way, if it was the American population it would be harbor not harbour:-) Will see if I can enter just 'harbour seal' next time.
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Sorry, I forgot Americans can't spell. Strictly speaking it's not iSpot that sets the names they are taken from the NBN database.
Perhaps we could set up a competition to rename these lovely seals as I don't like Harbour seal as I can't think of ever seeing them in a harbour, unlike America where the name HARBOR seal is more fitting to their behaviour (or should that be behavior - why do Americans hate the letter 'U' so much - what has it ever done to them?).
Sand seal - they are most often seen on sand banks where they almost exclusively pup in Britain.
Cute seal - they do look more cute than grey seals
or Banana seal - that reflects their behaviour too.
Perhaps we could ask for the suggestions on the back of a sealed envelope - sorry, my puns are getting so bad I think I need to go watch some TV!
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