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Gray Seal

Gray Seal on a rocky, Nantucket Beach


Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

Binomial nameHaliocherus grypus

Range Map

Range of species in blue


The gray seal is a mammal that lives in huge groups on all the coasts of the North Atlantic Ocean. Their colors vary from gray to black or dark brown, and normally their skins are spotted.

They measure from 1.95 to 2.3 m long and weigh from 170 to 310 kg. 

The gray seal is a carnivore that eats fish, crabs, lobsters, shrimp, octopuses, squids, and seabirds. They live on rocky coasts, floating sheets of ice, sandbanks, and icebergs. Their lifespan is 25 to 35 years.