Semi-aquatic mammals (marine)

Common seal

Common seal

Phoca vitulina

Also known as the harbour seal, the common seal is one of two seal species found around the coastline: the two key field identification points are its relatively short rounded muzzle. When seen in profile “hauled out” on land and when seen face on ...

Grey seal

Grey seal

Halichoerus grypus

The larger of the two seals found around the British coastline. Two key field identification points are its relatively deep, long muzzle when seen in profile “hauled out” on land, and when seen face-on in the water their closed nostrils with almost...