Spotted Seal

portrait of cute spotted seal

Conservation

Least concern conservation status

Scientific Classification

OrderCarnivora
CladePinnipedia
FamilyPhocidae
GenusPhoca
Binomial namePhoca Largha

Range Map

Description

The spotted seal can be found around the Pacific Ocean in Alaska during the summer seasons, where the water is relatively ice-free.

Spotted seals are similar in size to harbor seals, often sharing the same areas, leading to misidentification. They measure 1.5 to 2.1 meters and weigh between 81 to 109 kg. They can live to the age of 35 years.

Spotted seals can dive up to 1,000 ft to find prey. They eat crustaceans, krill, herring, cod, capelin, and pollock.

There are approximately 200,000 seals around Alaska, leading to U.S National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) to state that they were not in danger of becoming extinct or likely to become in the foreseeable future. There are thought to be 335,000 – 450,000 spotted seals Worldwide.

Spotted seals get their name from the patterns of their coat, which is lightly colored with dark spots. They have a round head, small body, and narrow snout.