The Grey Seal is among the rarest seal
in the world, with almost 40% of the world population found in the UK.
Grey seals are found on both sides of the north Atlantic Ocean, separated
into three distinct populations. For centuries seal hunting has decreased
the population and even today the population is threatened by culling
and entrapment in fishing nets especially in the western Atlantic. Grey
seals can grow up to 2.5m, with some of the larger males weighing more
than 300kgs. They live for around 30 - 40 years. It is the larger of
the two seals found on the coast with the Common seal commonly weighing
in at only 80-100 kg.