In the past, I’ve shown you some images of grey seals. Today, I have a common seal for you.
Common seals are smaller than grey seals. Males are approximately 170 cm, females 140 cm and weight 150 respectively 100 kg).
While grey seals are curious and sociably, common seal are shy and solitary. Grey seals are laying in groups together, while common seals keep a distance of 2 or 3 meters to each other, whenever possible. They are stressed when a sand bench is too full.
Gray seals get their babies during winter and they don’t cry when left alone by their mother for hunting. Common seals instead, get their babies in summer and these are the ones, called howler (abandoned seal pup).
While grey seals choose beaches for resting, common seals prefer sand benches for resting. But, sand benches are usually only usable during low tide. At high tide, the sand benches are usually under water. Other then grey seals, common seal babies are born with the ability to swim. Birth size and weight are 85 cm and 10 kg. So, that’s not a problem to react to high tide. They are fed by their mother for about 5 weeks and than left alone.
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Bonjour André!:) > “while common seals keep a distance of 2 or 3 meters to each other, whenever possible. They are stressed when a sand bench is too full.” oh my! I do confirm! I can’t bear plenty of people around, when sitting on a sand bench 😉 ( ohlala, on peut rigoler, heing?) …
Mieux rire, que mordre (better to laugh, than to bite) 😊