Harbor Seal | Phoca vitulina
(by divindk)

Harbor Seal | Phoca vitulina

(by divindk)



Harbor Seals | Phoca vitulina

"Harbor seals spend about half their time on land and half in water. They can dive to 1,500 feet (457 m) for up to 40 minutes, although their average dive lasts three to seven minutes and is typically shallow, and they sometimes sleep in the water. They are opportunistic feeders, eating sole, flounder, sculpin, hake, cod, herring, octopus, and squid. While harbor seals swim safely in the surf, they will often curiously watch humans walking on beaches. However, they are wary of people while on land and will rush into the water if approached too closely or disturbed. In fact, if disturbed too often, they have been known to abandon favorite haul-out sites or their pups.” -

(by cjbphotos1)

Harbor Seals | Phoca vitulina

"Harbor seals spend about half their time on land and half in water. They can dive to 1,500 feet (457 m) for up to 40 minutes, although their average dive lasts three to seven minutes and is typically shallow, and they sometimes sleep in the water. They are opportunistic feeders, eating sole, flounder, sculpin, hake, cod, herring, octopus, and squid. While harbor seals swim safely in the surf, they will often curiously watch humans walking on beaches. However, they are wary of people while on land and will rush into the water if approached too closely or disturbed. In fact, if disturbed too often, they have been known to abandon favorite haul-out sites or their pups.” -

(by cjbphotos1)



Baby Antarctic Fur Seal | Arctocephalus gazella
(by proefdier)

Baby Antarctic Fur Seal | Arctocephalus gazella

(by proefdier)



Hawaiian Monk Seal | Monachus schauinslandi
(by bluewavechris)

Hawaiian Monk Seal | Monachus schauinslandi

(by bluewavechris)



Grey Seal Pup | Halichoerus grypus
(by Katie.Hostad)

Grey Seal Pup | Halichoerus grypus

(by Katie.Hostad)



Grey Seal | Halichoerus Grypus
(by wardyian)

Grey Seal | Halichoerus Grypus

(by wardyian)



Grey Seals | Halichoerus grypus

"Grey seals are the biggest land breeding mammal in the United Kingdom, but are superbly adapted for life in the sea. Adult grey seals have 2 layers of thick fur and a thick blubber layer of fat to keep them warm at sea.
Life is hard for Grey Seal pups. About 30 to 50 percent of them die before their first birthday. Grey seal mums recognise their own pups calls and know exactly how their own pup smells.” -

(by tim stenton www.TimtheWhale.com)

Grey Seals | Halichoerus grypus

"Grey seals are the biggest land breeding mammal in the United Kingdom, but are superbly adapted for life in the sea. Adult grey seals have 2 layers of thick fur and a thick blubber layer of fat to keep them warm at sea.

Life is hard for Grey Seal pups. About 30 to 50 percent of them die before their first birthday. Grey seal mums recognise their own pups calls and know exactly how their own pup smells.” -

(by tim stenton www.TimtheWhale.com)



Southern Elephant Seal | Mirounga leonina

“Southern elephants are the largest of all seals. Males can be over 20 feet (6 meters) long and weigh up to 8,800 pounds (4,000 kilograms). But these massive pinnipeds aren’t called elephant seals because of their size. They take their name from their trunklike inflatable snouts.” -

(by wildlifepictures.se)

Southern Elephant Seal | Mirounga leonina

Southern elephants are the largest of all seals. Males can be over 20 feet (6 meters) long and weigh up to 8,800 pounds (4,000 kilograms). But these massive pinnipeds aren’t called elephant seals because of their size. They take their name from their trunklike inflatable snouts.” -

(by wildlifepictures.se)



Harbor Seal | Phoca vitulina
(by divindk)

Harbor Seal | Phoca vitulina

(by divindk)



Northern Elephant Seals | Mirounga angustirostris

"While living in the open ocean, northern elephant seals spend a lot of time diving, up to two hours at a time. They rarely spend more than four minutes at the surface of the water between dives. It is believed that they eat deep-water, bottom-dwelling marine animals such as ratfish, swell sharks, spiny dogfish, eels, rockfish, and squid. Elephant seals molt each year between April and August, shedding not only their hair but also the upper layer of their skin as well. This is known as catastrophic molt. They return to rookery beaches for a few weeks while molting. Females molt in the spring, juveniles in the early summer, and adult males molt in the late summer." -

(by jsutton8)

Northern Elephant Seals | Mirounga angustirostris

"While living in the open ocean, northern elephant seals spend a lot of time diving, up to two hours at a time. They rarely spend more than four minutes at the surface of the water between dives. It is believed that they eat deep-water, bottom-dwelling marine animals such as ratfish, swell sharks, spiny dogfish, eels, rockfish, and squid. Elephant seals molt each year between April and August, shedding not only their hair but also the upper layer of their skin as well. This is known as catastrophic molt. They return to rookery beaches for a few weeks while molting. Females molt in the spring, juveniles in the early summer, and adult males molt in the late summer." -

(by jsutton8)



Harbor Seal | Phoca vitulina
(by divindk)

Harbor Seal | Phoca vitulina

(by divindk)



Harbor Seal | Phoca vitulina
(by spencerjb22 (on a break))

Harbor Seal | Phoca vitulina

(by spencerjb22 (on a break))



Monk Seal | Monachus schauinslandi

“Mother monk seals are dedicated and remain with their pups constantly for the first five or six weeks of their lives. They don’t eat during this challenging time and may lose hundreds of pounds.”   -

(by bluewavechris)

Monk Seal | Monachus schauinslandi

Mother monk seals are dedicated and remain with their pups constantly for the first five or six weeks of their lives. They don’t eat during this challenging time and may lose hundreds of pounds.”   -

(by bluewavechris)




Harbor Seal | Phoca vitulina

Harbor seals eat a variety of prey consisting mainly of fish, shellfish, and crustaceans. Researchers have found that seals complete both shallow and deep dives during hunting depending on the availability of prey.

Harbor seals mate at sea and females give birth during the spring and summer; although, the pupping season varies with latitude. Pups are nursed for an average of 24 days and are ready to swim minutes after being born.” -

(Photos by divindk)



Seal | Pinnipedia
(by picboks)

Seal | Pinnipedia

(by picboks)