The Common (Harbour) Seals (Phoca Vitulina) are smaller than Grey Seals and their coats are more extensively spotted. Their facial features are also different, with snub noses and nostrils that form a "V" shape. Common Seals prefer hauling out on sand banks and gently shelving rocky, shingle or sandy beaches.
They are found on both sides of the North Atlantic and on the Eastern seaboard of the North Pacific. The British population is distributed mainly in the Wash, the major Scottish estuaries, the Scottish islands and West Coast, and the West Coast of Ireland. Occasionally they are found off the Cornish coast.
The three current Resident Common Seals at the Cornish Seal Sanctuary are
Buddy, Bo and Jarvis.