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a common seal basking on the beach

Common Seal (Harbour Seal) Phoca vitulina

Fine spot-patterned grey or brown fur; rounded head with no ears visible; ā€˜Vā€™ shaped nostrils and long whiskers.  Common seals feed at sea but regularly haul out on to rocky shores or inter-tidal sandbanks to rest, or to give birth and to suckle their pups. Image: Nick Goodrum (Flickr).

Find out more: Mammal Society, Suffolk Wildlife TrustiNaturalist