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Set B5 - British Wild Life - card information

17. The Grey Seal
(Halichoerus grypus)

17. The Grey Seal

The grey or Atlantic seal is the bigger of the two species of seal that breed in British waters, and is essentially an animal of our rocky shores, whereas the smaller common seal loves sand banks. Its single young one is born in the autumn, in caves, in sheltered coves and on islands along the Welsh coast, the Scottish shore, on the Orkneys and Shetlands and on the Farne Islands off the coast of Northumberland. The last named colony is a strong one, and here the calves do not appear until November.