The Grey Seal is among the rarest seal in the world, with almost 40% of the world population being found in the UK and one of their favourite breeding grounds is Cardigan Bay in West Wales.
The Atlantic Grey Seal lives off the coast of Ceredigion and its presence is the main reason why the area has been designated a European Special Area of Conservation.
Grey seals can grow up to 2.5m, with some of the larger males weighing more than 300kgs. They live for around 30 - 40 years.
One of the best places to see the seals is at Cardigan Island Farm Park , Gwbert, near Cardigan. A colony of seals lives in the network of caves below the farm park and they can often be seen basking on the rocks. They give birth around September-October time and the fluffy white pups will also venture out onto the rocks below the park.
Seals spend a lot of time at sea but do enjoy a sunbathe on the rocky shore.
Other places where the seals can be seen are off Ynys Lochtyn, near Llangrannog, Bird Rock near New Quay, Cwmtudu and Morfa Bychan near Aberaeron. Wildlife boat trips also operate along the coast and know where to find them.