Length:     120-190 cm 
Life Span:
 20-35 years Weight:         55-105Kg
Present:   
        All Year

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Phoca vitulina
COMMON SEAL
Overview:  Common seals vary in colour from black, brown, grey or tan, with darker patches. The pattern is unique to the individual. They are dark when wet but tend to dry to a lovely honey colour as they haul out and sunbathe on the rocks to save energy. They have a relatively large head with a short body and flippers.

Where to see them: Can be seen from the path which runs along the shore, normally as they are swimming up and down the sound. There is a colony on the islands off the golf course just past Craignure.

When to see them: Can be seen all year round, but best at the end of June when pups are born and when food is plentiful.

What they eat: They are opportunistic feeders and hunt fish, molluscs and crustaceans. They make short regular dives.

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