The Gray Seals (Halichoerus grypus) are protected and their population has exploded. As a result they’ve become a tourist attraction, especially in the Chatham and Harwich areas. This creates an income possibility for some and aggravation for others. Fishermen aren’t happy with the seals because they eat a lot of fish.
These are large seals. The males can be over 800 pounds and the females over 500 pounds when grown. Males live to about 30 years and females to about 40 years of age. The seals we saw on the seal cruise ranged from youngsters to gargantuan males. They are curious and spent time looking at us, but I wouldn’t feel comfortable falling in the ocean among them.
They are called horse-heads by the locals, and I think they look a lot like the Edward Gorey creatures in the Doubtful Guest.
Great White Sharks have also become more numerous since they feed on the seals.
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