Seals - Western Isles Seal Sightings

There are some thirty odd seal species seen around the world, however in the Uk we just see the two species the Common or Harbour Seals (Phoca vitulina). and the Grey Seals. (Halichoerus grypus).

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

Grey seals are larger than common seals. Grey seals have a very distinctive face, and the scientific name – Halichoerus grypus – actually means ‘sea-pig with a hooked nose’. The "roman" nose is even more pronounced in males

. The name ‘grey’ seal is a little misleading, as the grey seals vary from almost black bulls to creamy white cows and lovely silky white fur of new-born pups. Usually both sexes have a lighter colouring on their stomachs than on their back. Grey seals can live up to nearly fifty years.
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