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The Grey Seal, originally known as the Gray Seal is one of the rarest species in the world. Around 40% of the Grey Seal population lives in the cooler waters around the UK. Grey Seals vary in colour, from silver, light browns to dark brown and even nearly black. The females often have spots making them easily identifiable from the males, which are also a lot larger and have 'hooked noses'.

Grey Seal pups are covered in white fur for the first three weeks before moulting into their adult coat. The mums feed the pups on their fat rich milk for 15 to 21 days, which allows the pups to gain weight quickly. After this, the pups are weaned and eventually hunger forces them to sea, where they have to learn to hunt and fend for themselves.