Species: Halichoerus grypus
Geographic Range: coastal waters throughout the North Atlantic Ocean
Size: 550–880 lb pounds
Lifespan: up to 35 years
Conservation Status: In addition to their status on the International Union for Conservation of Nature’s Red List, gray seals are also protected under the Marine Mammal Protection Act.
Como’s Harbor Seals: Stanley & Wallace
Find them in Como Harbor or the Aquatic Animals Building Map
- Male gray seals have a distinctively arched Roman nose, which gives them their other common name — horsehead seal.
- Females lack the distinctive arched nose and are more delicately featured.
- These true seals lack the extremely dense underfur that eared seals possess; gray seals only have a few secondary hairs as opposed to the 50 or so found in fur seals.
- The world population of gray seals is estimated at about 300,000 animals.