Harbor Seal. Spotted off the docks at Friday Harbor Labs. Grey in color with dark spots all over body.
The lovely China cove is closed indefinitely, providing refuge for the pinnipeds,
Observed four. Three in the water, and one hauled out on Whyte Islet.
There is a haul out and whelping beach where a large number of Harbor seal are always found. This a beach inside the fence of the Asilomar State Marine Reserve
Photographed via drone today (20m altitude). Was investigating the possibility of a regular flight profile to photograph these localities for seal counts during the winter.
The harbor (or harbour) seal (Phoca vitulina), also known as the common seal, is a true seal found along temperate and Arctic marine coastlines of the Northern Hemisphere. The most widely distributed of pinniped (walruses, eared seals, and true seals), they are found in coastal waters of the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the Baltic and North Seas.