- Seals come under the order pinnipeds and are aquatic predators, exploiting marine resources in a variety of coastal habitats.
- Despite spending most of their life at sea, seals must return to land (or ice floes) to breed and sometimes between foraging trips to rest. Only two species, grey and common seals, breed around the British Isles. This unique lifestyle means that seals interact with both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems. Our understanding of their use of the different marine habitats around the British Isles has been greatly improved by research using satellite tagging technology.
- They are able to dive to depths of around 200 metres, greatly increasing their foraging range.
- Both grey and common seals may be predated on by killer whales.
- Seals have a layer of fat under the skin (blubber) for insulation, that other mammals, other than whales, dolphins and porpoises, do not have.
Find out more about our British seal species here:
Common seal, Grey seal