Harbor Seal

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.

We combine physical characterics and behavior patterns with location and seasonal aspects to identify species.

Where & 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.

With each photo, we store date and geo-location providing us data about location and season of observation. We also use a tracking utility to save observations in the field when there was no opportunity to take a good shot.

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Common Names

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

Source: Wikipedia

Scientific Name

Phoca vitulina


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