Grey seals are the largest living carnivore in Britain with around half the world's population living around the British coastline. This watercolour sketch was done from one of Gary's photos taken on the Farne Islands where there is one of the largest populations of grey seals in the UK. They were the first mammals to be protected by modern legislation - the Grey Seals Protection Act of 1914.
Grey Seals differ in appearance from the Common Seal in that they have a longer muzzle. The colour of the fur varies from brown to silver grey often with dark blotches. Grey seals can dive to a depth of over 60 metres. On average they dive for around 8 minutes but are able to stay underwater for up to 30 minutes before coming up for air!
I'm feeling relieved that I'm up to date with these paitnings - only a few more days to go. Thank you so much those of you who have been following, and supporting and well done to those of you who are also taking on this challenge - we're nearly there!!!!
If you missed paintings 22 and 23, the hare and the mole you can find them HERE.
If you'd like to catch up with where we've been walking lately I've just posted a new blog on our joint walking site Two pairs of boots, first post in quite a while, pop over to find out why!