Species: Halichoerus grypus
IUCN Status: Least Concern
Population trend: increasing
Distribution: Widespread in the north-east Atlantic, from Spitzbergen to southern Iceland with the largest numbers in British waters.
Habitat: Open sea, rocky islands & coasts; sometimes found on sandy beaches.
Description: Variable colour; bulls usually darker than cows. Pups are white at birth. Streamlined body, large nose & eyes.
Size: Length: males up to 2.7m; female up to 1.7m. Weight: male up to 233kg; female up to 154kg.
Life-span: 26 -38 years.
Food: Fish, crustaceans & molluscs.
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