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Spotted Seals playing in the water.


Spotted at Sea World, San Diego

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1 Comment

Annika 5 years ago

Hi CoralAvery! I think you have two different species here. Photos 1, 2, and 4 look like harbor seals, while photos 3 and 5 seem to be California sea lions. Sea lions have ear flaps (best seen in photo 5) and uniform coloration, while harbor seals are true seals (Phocids) and have no ear flaps and a patterned coat. Here's a link to a harbor seal photo - no ear flaps! And here's a link to a CA sea lion photo with ear flaps. Hope this helps!

San Diego, California, USA

Lat: 32.76, Long: -117.23

Spotted on Jan 2, 2010
Submitted on Aug 23, 2011

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