Harbour Seals

The Harbour Seal (Phoca vitulina) or Common Seal is one of 33 species of seals worldwide, and one of two species of seals that live in Britain.

Laurel, St Andrews Aquarium’s resident harbour seal, was found in 1991 as an abandoned seal pup near Craiginish near Oban. She’s been with us ever since.

Her hobbies include bubble blowing and flipper waving and she can be seen daily in her training pool playing games and showing off new found skills she learns during her training games.

Togo is our two year old Harbour Seal who was born in Denmark and was transferred to St Andrews Aquarium on 21st July 2011. Togo's quite a little character and he even has his own twitter account so you can see what he's up to. Find out about Togo's journey to Scotland on the STV website.

Recently joining us at St Andrews Aquarium, also from Esbjerg in Denmark, is baby harbour seal Leif (pronounced Leaf) and his mother Nelly. Nelly is also Togo's mum so it's a real family affair at the Aquarium! Both Leif and Nelly also have their own Twitter accounts so you can follow their flippery antics as they settle into life in Scotland. 

Pop along to wave to our family of seals – they'll be sure to come over to see if you have any of their favourite food: herring.

Seal Feeding & Poolside Talks: Daily at 12pm and 3pm

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4 Fast & Fishy Seal Factoids

Factoid Number One

Seals have been known to live for as long as 46 years.

Factoid Number Two

Seals have been known to dive as deep as 4,100 metres (13,450 feet) and can remain submerged for up to an hour.

Factoid Number Three

Seals can sleep underwater!

Factoid Number Four

Grey seals have a very distinctive face, and the scientific name – Halichoerus grypus – actually means ‘sea-pig with a hooked nose’.

 

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