Counted about 180 individuals along river side of beach. Counted 18 (small/obvious to me) pups. Noted one adult seal with (what appeared to be) 3 large red marks/gashes? - 2nd photo, seal on right. River was not breached to ocean.
Seven adults observed. Docent said this area is usually home to a colony of about 200.
Deceased pup was the only young one observed this day.
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.