Harbor Seal Pup
This Harbor Seal Pup was on the beach by itself. I spotted it and got very close when it began barking and trying to get closer to where I was standing. It gave me the impression that is was lost and wanted help (truly!). As I was taking pictures it literally got in my face and was softly barking as a plea for help. It finally scurries off back into the ocean and swam away. Great experience!
The harbor seal , 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 species of pinniped , they are found in coastal waters of the northern Atlantic and Pacific oceans, the Baltic and North Seas.
Harbor seals are brown, tan, or gray, with distinctive V-shaped nostrils. An adult can attain a length of 1.85 meters and a mass of 132 kilograms . Blubber under the seal's skin helps to maintain.. more