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Harp Seal

Pagophilus groenlandicus

Habitat:

They live mostly on pack ice distributed from Newfoundland through northern Russia. It is more and more common to see these youngsters and even a few adults along the coast of Maine during the winter months.

Notes:

This seal is a juvenile... when Harp Seals are first born they have white coats which changes soon after they are weaned to this spotted coloration. When they reach maturity they have mostly white coats with dark faces and a large harp shaped saddle on their back hence their name.


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2 Comments

galewhale..Gale
galewhale..Gale 7 years ago

Thanks!! This is a young female... if you look really carefully you can see her recessed nipples

NuwanChathuranga
NuwanChathuranga 7 years ago

Awesome!!!!

galewhale..Gale
Spotted by
galewhale..Gale

Maine, USA

Lat: 44.51, Long: -68.27

Spotted on Feb 3, 2010
Submitted on Feb 3, 2012

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