Grey Seal

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If you’re lucky, you may be able to spot a Grey Seal swimming up the Corrib River during this trail! Grey Seals can often be seen navigating the bay/river in search of food and are always a pleasure to have around our waterways. Grey Seals are large, heavy, and elusive animals, with adult males weighing up to 300kg. Their diet consists of fish like haddock and cod as well as squid, octopus, and crustaceans. In general, these mammals spend most of their time at sea, and will only be seen in large numbers when they are breeding in colonies along Ireland’s rocky coastlines. Females will only give birth to one single pup per year, and pup mortality rates are estimated to be as high as 50% in Ireland.