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Featured Animal: Grey Seal

By Azanimals @azanimals
Grey Seal The gray seal is one of the rarest species of seal in the world with around 40% of the gray seal population inhabiting the cooler waters around the United Kingdom.

Grey Seal Grey seals are the biggest land breeding mammal in the United Kingdom, but are superbly adapted for life in the sea. Adult gray seals have 2 layers of thick fur and a thick blubber layer of fat to keep them warm at sea.

Grey Seal
Grey seals get all the water they need from their food and a well hydrated gray seal will have bright eyes and tears. Grey seals feed mainly on squid and fish but the gray seal prefers to hunt sandeels and the seabed.

Grey Seal
The hands and feet of a gray seal are formed into webbed flippers with 5 strong claws on each. The gray seal has very powerful rear flippers that propel them through the water, using their tail to help steer. The gray seal also has very powerful shoulders that enable the gray seal to haul out onto steep and slippery rocks, even in a big swell.

Grey Seal pups have a white coat when born & for up to 3 weeks, then they moult into their adult coat. The gray seal mums feed their pups for 15 to 21 days with a rich milk that is 60% fat and the gray seal pups balloon out very quickly. After this weaning stage the gray seal mums leave their pups and the area. Grey seal pups leave too, as they must teach themselves to feed.

Life is hard for Grey Seal pups. About 30 to 50 percent of them die before their first birthday. Grey seal mums recognize their own pups calls and know exactly how their own pup smells.

Featured Animal: Grey Seal
The Cornwall Seal Group in south west England was set up to monitor the presence (or absence) of seals in a north coast colony. For more information, please see: cornwallsealgroup.co.uk


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