Pinnipeds or fin-footed mammals are a widely distributed and diverse group of semiaquatic marine mammals comprising the families Odobenidae , Otariidae , and Phocidae .-Overview: Pinnipeds are typically sleek-bodied and barrel-shaped...
of the family
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Phocidae or "true seals". It is the only species classified in the genus
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Halichoerus. Its name is spelled gray seal in the US; it is also known as Atlantic grey seal and the horsehead seal.
It is a large seal, with the bulls reaching 2.5 – long and weighing 170–310 kg (374.8–683.4 lb); the cows are much smaller, typically 1.6 – long and 100 – in weight.