Seals are mammals, they belong to the order Pinnepedia and the family Phocidae, and are thought to have evolved from otter-like ancestors on the shores of the North Atlantic around 15 million years ago.
Our wonderful seals have been in good care with our friends over at SEA LIFE Scarborough. They are ready for their return though and we've heard that they are pretty excited about their new home... The rumour is they can now play with their human friends underwater with the new underwater viewing window!
- Species - Common Seal, also known as Harbour Seal
- Latin name - Phoca vitulina
- Distribution (world) - Britain, Norway, Holland, Denmark, Iceland, East and West coast of Canada, Alaska, California and Hokkaido (Japan)
- Distribution (Britain) - Scottish Mainland and Islands, Northern Ireland, The Wash and the East Coast of England.
- Size - Males; up to 1.8 metres and 120kg,
- Females; up to 1.5 metres and 100kgs
- Longevity In the wild males may live up to 20 years old and females to 25 years old. In captivity males and females live slightly longer.
- Breeding - Males reach sexual maturity at 4 - 6 years old, Females at 3 - 5 years.
- Pupping Sites - Sheltered rocky islands, sand banks and estuaries.