August 24, 2008
Your recent story about the body of a sea creature in St Mary's Bay is confusing.
Two types of sea lion occur in the northern hemisphere: the Californian (the one that got used in so-called circus seal acts) and the Steller's sea lion.
We have two types of seal in our waters - the common and the grey.
Three-quarters of the world's population of grey seals occur around Britain.
An adult male can grow to a length of 9.5ft and weight over 600lb. The females at about 7ft and up to 550lb weight. They come to land to die.
This is one, pictured right, I photographed earlier. The identity of the body on the beach is almost certainly revealed. Miss Marple need not be called!
All Hallows Road
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