One of the most famous animals to live on the Lincolnshire coast, but I’m also one of the rarest seals in the world!

I am covered head to flipper in grey and brown fur, as an adult I can grow to around 2 metres long, and I can live to be up to 35 years old. I hunt for fish and sand eels off the coast but use the beaches year-round to rest and also to have pups! My pups are very cute, covered in fluffy white fur to keep them warm, and they are born on the beaches between September and December. They’ll join the adults in the water and learn to hunt for themselves once they’ve grown and their white coat has moulted.

Did you know?

My Latin name, Halichoerus grypus, means hook-nosed sea pig!

Where to find me

Relaxing or digesting my food on the beaches and rocks at Donna Nook, Lincolnshire, at the tip of the dunes at South Walney, Cumbria, and off the coast of Cornwall. Once you’ve spotted me, don’t forget to keep your distance: I might be cute but I like to be left alone to enjoy the beach.

Conservation actions

Projects protecting Grey Seal