Classification
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All Names

  • English
    • Harbor Seal
    • Harbour Seal
    • Common Seal
  • Scientific Names
    • Phoca vitulina
  • French
    • phoque commun
    • PHOQUE VEAU-MARIN
  • German
    • Seehund
  • Italian
    • Foca comune
  • Spanish
    • Foca moteada
    • Foca común
  • Portuguese
    • Foca-comum

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Recent observations

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Harbor Seal Phoca vitulina

Observer

swampy

Date

October 2, 2014

Description

Common in area

Photos / Sounds

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What

Harbor Seal Phoca vitulina

Observer

jmaughn

Date

June 27, 2015

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Harbor Seal Phoca vitulina

Observer

tiwane

Date

June 20, 2015 07:39 PM PDT

Place

(Somewhere...)

Photos / Sounds

No photos or sounds

What

Western Atlantic Harbor Seal Phoca vitulina ssp. concolor

Observer

sjwiggins85

Date

the past

Place

(Somewhere...)

Photos / Sounds

15360813866 b506afe08a s

What

Harbor Seal Phoca vitulina

Observer

rjadams55

Date

July 29, 2014

Photos / Sounds

What

Harbor Seal Phoca vitulina

Observer

rjadams55

Date

January 19, 2014

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Harbor Seal Phoca vitulina

Observer

anudibranchmom

Date

June 18, 2015 06:49 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Harbor Seal Phoca vitulina

Observer

crusty

Date

June 5, 2015

Description

This individual was right off the landing pier. We saw many more among the kelp beds on sea kayaks (no pics), as well as a silvery one with dark spots, and two white-furred babies.

Photos / Sounds

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What

Harbor Seal Phoca vitulina

Observer

jaykeller

Date

June 13, 2015 10:29 AM PDT

Photos / Sounds

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What

Harbor Seal Phoca vitulina

Observer

finatic

Date

June 13, 2015 07:30 AM PDT

Description

San Diego County, California, US

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Harbor Seal Phoca vitulina

Observer

shaunmichael

Date

March 30, 2002 04:48 AM CST

Photos / Sounds

Square

What

Harbor Seal Phoca vitulina

Observer

dpom

Date

June 14, 2015 09:21 AM PDT
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Description from Wikipedia

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.

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