Seals - Western Isles Seal Sightings

While seals can be seen basking at any time of year, seals usually return to the land, firstly to moult. Common seals return August - September time, whilst the grey seals return to the land February - April.

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Isle of Lewis , Harris and the Uists - Seal Sightings - Western isles - Birds

Common seal pups have to be able to swim hours after they are born, as many are born on intertidal mud flats. Because of this their coats are sleek and dark.

Grey seals pups are born above the high tide line - either on rocks or on the beaches. The baby grey seal pups don't have to take to the water until three weeks after they are born. They have soft, almost downy white coats to keep them warm in the chill autumn storms.

They shed their furry coat after about three weeks

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