Harbor Seal

Phoca vitulina

The harbon seal is the most abundant marine mammal in the Puget Sound. They are “true seals” meaning that they have ear-holes rather than ears and unlike their “walking seal” relatives they are not built for walking around land. When they haul out of the water they can be seen sliding around on their stomachs. They typically grow to be 4 to 7 feet long weighing between 250 and 300 pounds. Adults are typically a spotted tan or blue grey color perfect for blending in. They can dive deep into the water and stay submerged for over 20 minutes!

These seals are protected by the Federal Marine Mammal Protection Act, so if you see them on the beach give them plenty of space!

Categories Mammals

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