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Bird Watching (UK) - - Your Birding Month -

HAR­BOUR SEAL If you spot a seal on a sand flat or tidal es­tu­ary, chances are that it will be a Har­bour Seal rather than the al­ter­na­tive, Grey Seal. To con­firm, take a close look through op­tics. Har­bour Seal has a ‘friend­lier’ face, with a con­cave muz­zle. Its eyes are set one-third of the way back from the muz­zle, whereas those of a Grey Seal lie at the mid-point. The clincher, believe it or not, is nos­tril shape: di­ag­o­nal in Har­bour and ver­ti­cal in Grey.

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