The Extinction of Grey Seals
Can we stop it?
About the Grey Seals
What's the Big Deal?
Grey seals have been considered "endangered" for awhile now. The main reasons for this are habitat loss and being hunted for fur and blubber. Their population now is at 22,000, but has only gained up to 1,500 - 2,000 to get to that in the a few centuries! That's not a lot. Other threats to the grey seals are:
- Marine debris
- Exposure to any chemical and/or oil
- Boat accident (getting hit by boat)
Global warming also has to do with this. Because grey seals mostly stay in water, they depend on ice for their habitats and for others a feeding ground.
Pups are usually born in September - November
Females have silver-like fur with dark spots and males have a dark grey coat
Grey seals can hold their breath for over an hour