Creature Feature: Pacific Harbor Seals

Pacific Harbor Seals (Phoca Vitulina), or asipichxĂșunanacha (Karuk)

  • Harbor Seals are one of the most common marine mammals along U.S coasts.
  • They can weigh up to 285 pounds and measure up to 6 feet in length.
  • These seals hunt for fish, shellfish, and crustaceans.
  • When they are not in the water they can be found resting on rocks, reefs, beaches, and drifting glacial ice.
  • Harbor seal pups can swim within minutes of birth and by the time they reach a month old, they may swim on journeys of over 100 miles

Sources: NOAA Fisheries–Harbor Seals; Photos : Lloyd K. Barnes Photography, Art Siegel, Bridget Samuels, Jenna Bullis, Maritime Aquarium at Norwalk, and Wally Gobetz on Flickr