Harbor seal. Photo: NOAA

Harbor Seal

  • Scientific Name: Phoca vitulina
  • Length: 5.6 – 6.3 feet
  • Weight: Up to 245 lbs
  • Population seen in the Northeast*: Approximately 75,000
  • Status: Protected
  • Description:  Short, concave, dog-like snouts. Tend to haul out on land in a banana-like posture with their head and rear flippers elevated. Speckled pelt that may appear lighter when hauled out. Males tend to be larger than females.

* Western North Atlantic Population