Seals on Isle of May
These photos were taken at the end of May when seals aren't really on the Isle of May in great numbers, just about 100 or so. Later in the year during Autumn the numbers increase to about 4000, at this time the May is closed to visitors. The seals give birth and then mate before disappearing again.
The Latin name for the grey seal is "Halichoerus grypus" which means 'hook-nosed sea pig', so you can tell what our ancestors thought of it.
They really are rather cute.
At breeding time though, cute probably isn't the word you would use of 300 kg of hefty males fighting over the females. Just as well the island is closed.
Seals never look that comfortable to me! I guess they are.
They aren't just grey - they have white, brown, black and loads more shades too.
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