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Marine Mammal  Common Seals

Common Seal - Photo:  2005 Tony Margiocchi
Photo: Tony Margiocchi

UK Safari Tip:
One of the best places to observe both grey and common seals in the U.K. is at Blakeney Point, Norfolk, England.


Latin name: Phoca vitulina

Size: Grows to around 170cms.

Distribution: Seen around the coast of Scotland, Ireland and the south and east coast of England.

Months seen: All year round.

Habitat: Coastal areas.

Food: They feed on fish

Special features: Despite the name, these are less common in British waters than the grey seal.

Click for another viewThe head of the common seal is more rounded with a shorter muzzle than the grey seal. Here's one swimming around the Dorset coast.

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