Scientific name: Halichoerus grypus
The larger of our 2 UK seal species, the curious face of a grey seal bobbing in the waves is a familiar sight all around the British Isles. Catch them in profile and you'll see how they got their scientific name, Halichoerus grypus - it means hook-nosed sea pig!
StatisticsLength: up to 2.6m Weight: Males up to 300kg, females up to 200kg. Average Lifespan: 30-40 years
Protected in Britain under the Conservation of Seals Act 1970. Also protected under the Wildlife (Northern Ireland) Order 1985 and the Marine (Scotland) Act 2010.