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Harbor Seal

Phoca vitulina

Description:

Harbor seals are brown, tan, or gray, with distinctive V-shaped nostrils. An adult can attain a length of 1.85 meters (6.1 ft) and a mass of 132 kilograms (290 lb). Females outlive males (30–35 years versus 20–25 years). Harbor seals stick to familiar resting spots or haulout sites, generally rocky areas (although ice, sand and mud may also be used) where they are protected from adverse weather conditions and predation, near a foraging area.

Notes:

Several seals visited and loved the attention from people while we were visiting Florence. The gray one only floated on it's back, looked very relaxed and just kept floating back and forth.


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Michelle Parish
Spotted by
Michelle Parish

Florence, Oregon, USA

Lat: 43.97, Long: -124.11

Spotted on Oct 27, 2012
Submitted on Oct 27, 2012

Spotted for Mission

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