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_________________________________________________________________________________________________ Mammals 38 – Atlantic Grey Seals

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                ATLANTIC GREY SEAL Halichoerus grypus

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                ATLANTIC GREY SEAL Halichoerus grypus

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                ATLANTIC GREY SEAL Halichoerus grypus

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                ATLANTIC GREY SEAL Halichoerus grypus

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                ATLANTIC GREY SEAL Halichoerus grypus

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                ATLANTIC GREY SEAL Halichoerus grypus

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                ATLANTIC GREY SEAL Halichoerus grypus

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                ATLANTIC GREY SEAL Halichoerus grypus

 

 

 

 

 

 

                                                                                                ATLANTIC GREY SEAL Halichoerus grypus

 

 

 

·        This series of photographs of an Atlantic Grey Seal Halichoerus grypus was taken on a beach in East Anglia. Two of the diagnostic features that most readily enable the females and juveniles of this species to be separated from the Common or Harbour Seal Phoca vitulina (not overtly sexually dimorphic and illustrated on Mammals 29) are prominent, namely the ‘dog-like’ shape of the long nose (although ideally this needs to be seen in profile) and the ‘parallel’ nostrils (most obviously so when they are closed, not truly parallel but less ‘V’-shaped than those of the latter). Colour patterns may be extremely variable and they cannot be used reliably for identification. The fur may have a different appearance according to age, whether it is wet or dry, variable lighting conditions or periods of moult so sometimes these seals can be surprisingly difficult to separate in the field. Adult bull Grey Seals (see first photograph on Mammals 28) are very distinctive and much easier to identify. 

 

·        David’s film of Atlantic Grey Seals in action may be seen here: https://youtu.be/rKSEQ8WacsI and here: https://youtu.be/WTd09RuOvck.

 

 

 

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