Life Span: 20-35 years
Present: All Year
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.
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.