Wildlife Sightings Blog
Dolphin watching on the Isle of Mull
larger of the two seal species, there is a big difference between
males and females. The males can reach 2.5metres and weigh 350kg,
whereas females are up to 2metres and 200kg. Both sexes have a
long nose and wide apart nostrils. The male has thick rolls of
flesh around their neck and chest and their nose is often
described as a convex 'Roman' nose.
The pups are born with a white fluffy coat, known as 'lanugo'
which means they are not waterproof, due to this they spend the
first few weeks lying on the rocky shore and feeding on the
fat-rich milk from it's mother. It will then moult this fur and
gain it's waterproof adult coat.
Mull, Grey seals tend to be seen on the more remote islands such
as the Treshnish Isles and the Cairns of Coll and to maximise your
chances of seeing this species it would be best to join a boat
Grey Seals on a range of fish species, primarily those that live
on or near the seabed. They will also feed on crustaceans and
Grey seals were the first species to be given protection in the UK
back in 1914 when the population was almost wiped out. The UK is
now home to over 50% of the world's grey seals, with the Hebrides
being the largest colony around the British Isles, and the
Treshnish Isles in particular is an important site.