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Observed: 17th July 2013 By: ajm
S159 Neighbourhood Nature - course complete
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Straight profile

Straight head profile v. typical of grey seals. Some of these are so straight they're even a bit convex. I'd say this is a group of males - even in grey seals the females are a bit more delicate in the face than the males.

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Grey seals

Looks like a bachelor group as none are full grown. Male grey seals have a convex (bump) top to the muzzle which becomes more pronounced as they get older and more sexually dominant. These appear to have a slight convex muzzle.

Females have a slight concave (dip) top to the muzzle, only slight nothing like a common seal, though young pups (females? not sure if only females) can have a larger concave muzzle and be confused for a common at a distance, however, it is always a smooth concave shape with no sharp drop off to the forehead as in commons.

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Thanks, Gill and Graham, for comments. Very helpful and much appreciated.