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Set B5 - British Wild Life - card information

16. The Common Seal
(Phoca vitulina)

16. The Common Seal

The common seal is the smaller of the two species of seal that breed on our shores. It prefers quiet coasts, with sand banks, to the rocky haunts so loved by the grey or Atlantic seal and is plentiful on the East coast of England where it may be seen in large herds. This seal has a spotted coat but may be distinguished from the grey seal by its much rounder head. It has its single young one in summer.