Harp Seal

Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderCarnivora
CladePinnipedia
FamilyPhocidae
GenusPagophilus
Binomial namePagophilus groenlandicus

Range Map

Range of species in blue

Description

The harp seal is part of the earless seal species.  They can be found in the Atlantic Ocean and Arctic Ocean.  They have a fur of silver-gray, with black spots and jet-black eyes. 

Harp seals grow from 1.7-2.0m and weigh from 115-145 kg.  Unlike other seals, the harp seal can dive to deep depths. 

They have been spotted at over 500m deep, and can hold their breath for up to twenty minutes.  Dive depth increases in winter when there is less food at shallow depths.