Harbor seals are one of the most populous seals along alaska's shores harbor seals are artful swimmers, extremely well adapted to the ocean they can often be seen resting on rocky tidal areas, or on floating icebergs. Animal classification phoca vitulina richardii description pacific harbor seals have spotted coats in a variety of shades from white or silver-gray to black or dark brown. Harbor seals (phoca vitulina) named common seal throughout europe, this seal frequently observed around long island lives along the shores of eastern canada, new england and in the winter, as far south as the carolinas in a variety of habitats. Harbor seals have small front flippers only about the size of a human hand they also lack external ear flaps or pinnae. An assessment of pcbs and pdbes in harbor seals and pacific herring in the salish sea part of epa and environment canada's health of. Pacific harbor seals are the most common marine mammal in puget sound, and their populations are healthy seals share a common ancestor with dogs and bears and have upper and lower arms and legs concealed within their skin.
Harbor seals inhabit the costal regions of the north pacific and atlantic oceans, and the arctic regions they can dive to 1450 feet and stay submerged for 25 minutes. Awkward and cumbersome on land, harbor seals maneuver with grace and agility in the water they can even sleep with their bodies nearly submerged in water, exposing only the tip of their nose to the air—a posture called bottling there is currently no commercial hunting of harbor seal, but some. Harbor seals are often spotted on rocky shorelines and beaches around monterey bay common sightings occur on the shores near fisherman’s wharf in monterey and the hopkins marine station just a few blocks west of the monterey bay aquarium. One by one, since around thanksgiving, i have been watching harbor seals (phoca vitulina) return to sandy hook bay for the winter first, i would see some sleek and shiny heads with whiskers and large black eyes bobbing in and out the water, like some smooth faced dogs of the sea then i would spot. Distribution and numbers the harbour seal is the most widely-distributed pinniped, inhabiting temperate and subarctic coastal areas on both sides of the north atlantic and north pacific oceans.
Reproduction period: harbor seals pup at about the same time every year, between mid-may and june the female chooses a male to mate with, and her single egg is fertilized at this time, but does not implant in the uterine wall until about three months later. 5-6 feet in length and weighing up to 300 pounds, males are slightly larger than females harbor seals have coats that vary in color, from silver-gray to brown or black and are typically covered with many fine to medium spots. The california channel islands play an important role in the life cycle of many large marine mammals that live along the west coast of north america harbor seals, phoca vitulina, can often be spotted on rocks near the water's edge with their head and flippers elevated in order to be warmed by the. Find out what's known about harbor seals, phoca vitulina, mammalia, carnivora, phocidae, including their world range and habitats, feeding behaviors, life history, ecology, reproduction, and conservation status.
Description: harbor seals have a rounded head with a fairly blunt snout and, like other true seals, lack external ear pinnae they exhibit a wide range of color variations, from silver with black spots, to black with gray or white rings, to almost pure white. The male harbor seal is about 5-6 feet in length and weighs up to 200-375 pounds the female is 45-5 feet in length and weighs 110-330 pounds it can vary in color from white, light gray, or yellowish gray with dark spots to black, gray, or brown with light rings or. Meet the harbor seal and learn all about this spotted and shy pinniped species.
The harbor seal is fairly small when it is compared to the many other species of seals out there. Habitat the harbor seal exhibit is a slice of the new england rocky coast, which is a typical habitat for atlantic harbor seals the aquarium’s seals play in deep, cool water and then haul out on the rocky outcrops for a snooze or a sunbath. Let us know about some of the most fascinating harbor seal facts including harbor seal diet, habitat, reproduction, species and its physical features the harbor seal (phoca vitulina) is a true seal that inhabits all throughout the moderate and arctic marine coastlines of the northern hemisphere.
Range and habitat harbor seals love the cold water, and are commonly found in the coastal waters of the north atlantic and pacific oceans they are usually seen inhabiting shallow areas where there are sand bars, rocks, and beaches uncovered during low tides or otherwise easily accessible. References hanson, l c 1993 the foraging ecology of the harbor seal, phoca vitulina, and the california sea lion, zalophus californianus, at. Provided to youtube by cdbaby harbor seals doug carroll animal sounds ii ℗ 2018 doug carroll released on: 2018-04-12 auto-generated by youtube.
The grey seal (halichoerus grypus, meaning hooked-nosed sea pig) is found on both shores of the north atlantic oceanit is a large seal of the family phocidae or true seals. Alameda point harbor seal monitors, alameda, california 329 likes volunteer seal monitoring group in accordance with requirements of the bay. Individual harbor seals possess a unique pattern of spots, either dark on a light background or light on a dark they vary in color from brownish black to tan or grey underparts are generally lighter. Harbor seals are the most broadly distributed pinniped in the northern hemisphere in alaska, harbor seals are a species of conservation concern due to declines that have occurred in several regions (pitcher et al 1990 frost et al 1999 mathews & pendleton 2006 small et al 2008 hoover-miller et al 2011. The harbor seal is a small seal, but the rounded, short-muzzled head and spotted coat are quite distinctive the eyes are very large and the front flippers short the nostrils form a wide “v” and the ear openings are inconspicuous, with no. Taxonomic notes: there are five commonly recognized subspecies of harbor seals: phoca vitulina richardii, the eastern pacific harbor seal p v stejnegeri, the kuril seal or western pacific harbor seal p v vitulina, the eastern atlantic harbor seal p v concolor the western atlantic harbor seal and p v mellonae, the ungava seal or.