Common seals, as the name suggests, are very common, especially in the waters of the north Atlantic and north Pacific Oceans. They are the most widespread of the pinniped family, with the UK boasting five percent of the world's population. Mostly solitary animals, small groups do form when they haul-out onto rocky shores and beaches to bask, mate and moult. At sea common seals have much to fear from killer whales and great white sharks. Common seals don't chew their food, it is just torn into chunks or even swallowed whole.

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