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Grey Seal Grey Seal (bull) catching 40 winks in Portnahaven harbour Grey seal,Halichoerus grypus,Islay Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Grey Seal

Grey Seal (bull) catching 40 winks in Portnahaven harbour

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  1. This photo is a great mood booster.

    If only I knew what 40 winks means.
    Posted 4 months ago
    1. Sorry Ferdy, it's an idiom and far too british - it means to take a very short sleep, could also have said "catnap" - It was also taking this nap during a force 8 gale. Posted 4 months ago
      1. It's a beautiful and funny idiom :) Posted 4 months ago
        1. Thanks :¬} Posted 4 months ago
      2. Yanks say it too. Posted 4 months ago
        1. Cheers Barry
          Posted 4 months ago
  2. So love this, what a heartwarming moment from the natural world and captured beautifully. And being British, I understand '40 winks' very well. Posted 4 months ago
    1. Thanks Ruth. They're wonderful & I think we have about 40% of the world population and have almost finally stopped shooting them. Posted 4 months ago
  3. Love the effect on the water! Posted 4 months ago
    1. It was very wild - about force 6/7 Posted 4 months ago
  4. Hilarious and yet, so soothing. Posted 4 months ago
    1. Thanks Christine Posted 4 months ago
  5. Today's Facebook post:

    It's hard not to envy this grey seal's ability to take a catnap amidst gale force winds! The look of bliss on its face is as funny as it is soothing. An instant mood booster! Grey seals are found on both shores of the North Atlantic Ocean. Adults require about 5 kg (11 lb) of food every day and will eat whatever is available, including fish, eels, octopus, and lobsters. They aren’t picky! And, apparently, they can sleep anywhere. {Spotted in Scotland by JungleDragon user, NattyOne} #JungleDragon #Greyseal #Halichoerusgrypus

    With an interest in all wildlife, NattyOne has so many fantastic photos: https://www.jungledragon.com/user/3826/popular

    https://www.facebook.com/jungledragonwildlife
    Posted 3 months ago, modified 3 months ago
    1. Thanks again Christine ;¬) Posted 3 months ago
      1. You're welcome, David :) Posted 3 months ago
  6. So precious! Posted 3 months ago
    1. Thanks Lisa Posted 3 months ago

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The grey seal 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.

Similar species: Carnivorans
Species identified by NattyOne
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By NattyOne

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Uploaded Oct 29, 2020. Captured Oct 27, 2020 15:56.
  • Canon EOS 7D Mark II
  • f/6.3
  • 1/1024s
  • ISO2000
  • 400mm