Harbor Seal


Photo: National Marine Mammal Laboratory

  • Scientific Name: Phoca vitulina
  • Length: 6 feet
  • Weight:  240 – 290 pounds
  • Population  in Alaska: 152,602
  • Status: Protected under the MMPA
  • Description: Blue-grey back with light and dark speckling.  Short, concave, dog-like snouts with distinctive V-shaped nostrils.  Lack external ear flaps and have short forelimbs, resulting in limited movement on land.  Tend to haul out on land and rest with head and flippers elevated.


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