Grey Seal Pup On Beach
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This grey male seal pup was hauled on the beach on a cold winter day in Westhampton Beach, Long Island, NY. Photograph was taken at Cupsogue beach. From Wikipedia: The grey seal (Halichoerus grypus, meaning "hooked-nosed sea pig") is found on both shores of the North Atlantic Ocean. It is a large seal of the family Phocidae or "true seals". It is the only species classified in the genus Halichoerus. Its name is spelled gray seal in the US; it is also known as Atlantic grey seal and the horsehead seal. It is a large seal, with bulls reaching 2.5-3.3 m long and weighing 170-310 kg (370-680 lb); the cows are much smaller, typically 1.6-2.0 m (5.2-6.6 ft) long and 100-190 kg (220-420 lb) in weight. Individuals from the western Atlantic are often much larger, males reaching 400 kg (880 lb) and females weighing up to 250 kg (550 lb). It is distinguished from the harbor seal by its straight head profile, nostrils set well apart, and fewer spots on its body. Bull Greys have larger noses and a less curved profile than common seal bulls. Males are generally darker than females, with lighter patches and often scarring around the neck. Females are silver grey to brown with dark patches.
February 28th, 2014
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