Harbor Seal

Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderCarnivora
CladePinnipedia
FamilyPhocidae
GenusPhoca
Binomial namePhoca vitulina

Range Map

Description

The harbor seal is a marine mammal, also known as the common seal. Their color is brownish gray with light or dark spots, and the color is lighter on the underbody.

The harbor seal measures 1.85 m and weigh from 55 to 168 kg. This carnivore eats squids, crustaceans, shrimp, crabs, mollusks, and fish. They live in the harbors of the Northern part of the world (and in both the east and west coasts of the northern part of North America).

The harbor seal can usually be found in rocks, beaches, and glacier ice, rarely moving from too far, but if there is a danger, it rushes to deeper water. They are an excellent swimmer and have a lifespan of 20 to 35 years.