The status of grey seals (Halichoerus grypus) in Norway
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Information on the past and present distribution of grey seals in Norway is reviewed. The distribution of breeding seals is discontinous with the highest abundance now found between 63°N and 68°N and a concentration in Sør-Trøndelag county. Surveys through the last decade, which are still not complete, add up to a minimum estimate of about 3,500 grey seals along the outer Norwegian coastline. However, a figure around 7,000 probably is more realistic for the total stock. The timing of the breeding season varies along the coast without any definite latitudinal cline.