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Young grey seal From late-November to mid-January you can see grey seals and their families on the beach in Vlieland. Vlieland is an island in the north of the Netherlands. When the seals are newborn, they have white fur. It takes about five weeks before a baby seal can swim and hunt for its own fish. Grey seal,Halichoerus grypus Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

Young grey seal

From late-November to mid-January you can see grey seals and their families on the beach in Vlieland. Vlieland is an island in the north of the Netherlands. When the seals are newborn, they have white fur. It takes about five weeks before a baby seal can swim and hunt for its own fish.

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  1. Such a nice spotting! Posted 2 months ago
  2. Lovely intimate shot, Engelbert! Posted 2 months ago
  3. Oh wow, how adorable! Posted 2 months ago
  4. Today's Facebook post:

    This young grey seal (Halichoerus grypus) could melt hearts with its adorable face! 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!

    Eating as much as possible is especially important for breeding females because they don’t forage for food at all while they are nursing their pups. Instead, they just live off their stored up blubber. They give birth to one pup each year, provide all the parental care, and are very attentive mothers. Pups are born with silky, white fur, which gets shed and replaced with dense, waterproof fur when they are about a month old. The pups gain 1.5 kg (3.3 lb) per day from their mother’s fat-rich milk. Once weaned, they can leave for the sea, learn to fish, and wander in whichever direction they choose. {Spotted in the Netherlands by JungleDragon user, Engelbert} #JungleDragon #Greyseal #Halichoerusgrypus

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    Posted 3 days ago
  5. Thank you very much! Posted 3 days 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
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