Grey Seal

Grey Seal

Grey Seal and her Pup

Grey Seal Range (N Atlantic & Baltic Sea)
Grey Seal Range (N Atlantic & Baltic Sea)
Latin Name Halichoerus grypus
Conservation Status Least Concern
Location N Atlantic & Baltic Sea
Colour Grey or Brown
Length 2 - 2.5 m (6.5 - 8.25 ft)
Weight 170 - 310 Kgs (370 - 680 lbs)
Life Expectancy

20 - 30 Yrs

Main Characteristics

Grey Seals have a body length between 2 and 2.5 m (6.5 - 8.25 ft) and they weigh between 170 and 310 kgs (370 - 680 lbs). They are coloured various shades of grey or brown and they are marked with small, scattered spots.


Grey Seals can be found in the north Atlantic Ocean and the Baltic Sea.


Grey Seals mainly feed upon a wide variety of fish but they will also eat mollusks and crustaceans.


After a gestation period of 11 months, Grey Seals give birth to a single pup. They are weaned at 3 weeks old and they reach sexual maturity at 3 - 8 years of age.


Predators of Grey Seals include killer whales and sharks.


Subspecies of the Grey Seal include:

Halichoerus grypus grypus
Halichoerus grypus macrorhynchus

Interesting Facts

Grey Seals are also known as:
Gray Seal
Atlantic Grey Seal
Atlantic Gray Seal

Halichoerus grypus means "hooked-nose sea pig"

Similar Animals

Common Seal
Ringed Seal
Baikal Seal
Caspian Seal
Harp Seal
Ribbon Seal
Spotted Seal


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