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Grey Seal - Halichoerus grypus

A large seal found along the shores in the North Atlantic area. Feeds on fishes near the coast down to a depth of 70m.

Common Names

  • Grey Seal (en)
  • Foca Gris (es)
  • Phoque Gris (fr)
  • Kegelrobbe (de)


  • Carnivora
  • Phocidae
  • Halichoerus grypus

Where & When to Spot

Grey Seals are around all year. Our observations of foraging animals happened during August in Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park.

How to Identify

Similar in appearance like the Harbour Seal. The distinctive characteristic is the shape of the head. The Grey Seal has a dog snout like nose and mouth, best noticed when seen from the side.


Curious Grey Seal (Halichoerus Grypus)

Curious Grey Seal (Halichoerus Grypus)

Curious Grey Seal checking out marine biology scientists logging its appearance. Grey seals are shy animals, emerging only shortly and in a safe distance from the boat. You have to display patience waiting for this species popping up close enough and emerging more than just nose and eyes.

Saguenay St. Lawrence Marine Park - 2021-08-20

NIKON Z 6; NIKKOR Z 70-200mm f/2.8 VR S; Focal Length 190mm; Exposure 1/1250; Aperture f/11; Iso 1000;

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