Gray Seal

Gray Seal

 

(Halichoerus grypus), an aquatic mammal of the family Phocidae. Males measure 1.7–2.5 m in length; females are somewhat smaller. Adults are mottled, while the young are covered with a white, wooly coat. Gray seals are distributed in parts of the North Atlantic from the coastal waters of the Barents Sea to Canada and in the Baltic Sea. The Baltic subspecies breed and give birth between late February and early March on ice, while the Atlantic subspecies breed and give birth in late autumn on islands. Gray seals live mostly in herds and maintain harems on islands. They feed mainly on fish. Gray seals are not numerous and require protection wherever they occur.

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Another had the gray seal of death already upon his face.
Both seal species studied eat other water creatures like fish and crustaceans, although a day in the life of a harbor seal is different from one in the life of a gray seal.
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On January 21, Kara, the 33-year-old gray seal at The Smithsonian National Zoo gave birth to one of the most adorable seal pups in the twitterverse, reports NBC Washington.
No person shall willfully detain, hunt, kill or injure a gray seal," the statute reads.
The National Trust says gray seal pups have been washed from a beach at Horsey in the county of Norfolk.
This past spring, Progress consolidated its Gray Seal and Kurfees brand under the Gray Seal Paint label.
In vitro adrenal bioactivation and effects on steroid metabolism of DDT, PCBs and their metabolites in the gray seal (Halichoerus grypus).
Birds and other sea creatures, including the gray seals common to the Welsh coast, can die if they swallow even a little oil, or if oil coats their feathers or fur.
These and further blood studies on various seal populations -- gray seals living in the orphanage during the outbreak who survived the disease, and harbor seals from Denmark and Germany at different stages of the disease -- "clearly show" that the primary cause is CDV or a close relative, they say.
described the growing number of Great White sightings as a combination of an increased number of beachgoers as well as shifting populations of gray seals.
In fact, it is a dense population of gray seals that has lured the sharks so close to the shore.