Where do grey seals live?

Grey seals are warm-blooded, air-breathing mammals that can be found on both shores of the North Atlantic Ocean. They are the biggest land breeding mammal in the United Kingdom.

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Grey seals have four flippers which they use to propel themselves through the water while using their tail to steer. They can dive to depths of around 70 metres when searching for food.

Grey seal pups weigh around 14 kg at birth and are born white with a yellowish tint.

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The colour of grey seals varies from blackish with white specks and splotches to whitish with black markings. Male grey seals (bulls) are larger than females (cows) and are darker in colour. 


Fun facts

  • Grey seals live on average for 25 - 35 years.
  • Grey seals often sleep in the water with their noses bobbing above the surface.
  • Grey seals can spend more than two days out at sea searching for food.