One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A large seal with a spotted grayish coat and a convex profile, found commonly in the North Atlantic.
Halichoerus grypus, family PhocidaeAlso called Atlantic seal
- ‘The UK population of grey seals now stands at just over 124,000 animals UK-wide with more than 90% of the breeding population in Scotland.’
- ‘Harbor and gray seals are fairly common around the Iles de la Madeleine and can be easily spotted in their natural habitat.’
- ‘In UK waters common and grey seals can be found around much of the coastline, often in colonies numbering thousands.’
- ‘The order, which came into effect on September 4, extended bans on killing either common or harbour seals in waters around Scotland, and grey seals in the Moray Firth.’
- ‘Atlantic grey seals popped their heads up and inspected us, and a family of eider ducks dived down through the clear green water.’
gray seal/ˌɡrā ˈsē(ə)l/
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