Harbor Seal (Phoca vitulina)

Widely distributed along the coasts of North America. This species is brown, silvery white or grey with distinctive V-shaped nostril. Eats mostly fish along the cost and upstream in large rivers.

How To Identify

The V-shape nostril is the clear distinctive feature of this species.

Where and When to Spot

The only time I was able to watch this species was in May in Tadoussac from a boat. They were resting on the rocky shore of Saguenay River.


Photos of this species with information about where, when the photo has been taken; camera, lens used and camera settings.

  • Tadoussac

    Wednesday, May 23, 2018

    NIKON D500
    300.0 mm f/4.0

    Focal Length 420mm
    Shutter Speed 1/800s
    Aperture f8.0
    ISO 320

Common Names

Seehund [de]
Harbor Seal [en]
Foca común [es]
Phoque commun [fr]


Phoca vitulina