Harbor Seal, Harbour Seal
Phoca vitulina

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Range and habitat:
Found in the north Pacific and north Atlantic, as well as the Baltic and North seas. Harbor seals populate rocky areas, beaches, and sandbars that are easily accessible or become accessible at low tide. They are the most widely distributed of all pinnipeds (walruses, seals, and sea lions)

Natural diet:
Harbor seals eat a wide variety of fish in the wild. At The Toledo Zoo the seals eat herring and capelin.

Size / weight range:
Harbor seals can grow up to 6 feet in length and can weigh up to 290 pounds.

Interesting Facts:
Thick coats of blubber help harbor seals keep warm in extremely cold water.
Colors can can be brown, tan, or grey.
Harbor seals have distinctive V-shape nostrils, and their body and flippers are short with a proportionately large rounded head.
Female harbor seals can live to be 30 to 35 years old, but males usually only live to be 20 to 25 years old

Location at The Toledo Zoo:
Arctic Encounter®.

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