JungleDragon is a nature and wildlife community for photographers, travellers and anyone who loves nature. We're genuine, free, ad-free and beautiful.

Join

“Scanning” or “Hunt Swimming” This Harbour Seal, Phoca vitulina ssp. richardsi, is taking advantage of the clear shallow water. The photo was taken from our deck looking straight down. Since the eyes are on the top of the head slowly swimming upside down allows the seal to &ldquo;scan&rdquo; the bottom for prey. Sometimes with success!<br />
<figure class="photo"><a href="https://www.jungledragon.com/image/78547/a_lucky_catch.html" title="A Lucky Catch!"><img src="https://s3.amazonaws.com/media.jungledragon.com/images/2839/78547_thumb.jpeg?AWSAccessKeyId=05GMT0V3GWVNE7GGM1R2&Expires=1658361610&Signature=Ar3J1Ww3XOyfbnV8NjtlDgLGl9s%3D" width="200" height="200" alt="A Lucky Catch! This rather poor photo is of a Phoca vitulina ssp. richardsi which happened to catch a giant Pacific octopus, Enteroctopus dofleini Canada,Geotagged,Harbor (common) seal,Phoca vitulina,Summer" /></a></figure><br />
 Canada,Geotagged,Harbor (common) seal,Phoca vitulina,Spring Click/tap to enlarge Promoted

“Scanning” or “Hunt Swimming”

This Harbour Seal, Phoca vitulina ssp. richardsi, is taking advantage of the clear shallow water. The photo was taken from our deck looking straight down. Since the eyes are on the top of the head slowly swimming upside down allows the seal to “scan” the bottom for prey. Sometimes with success!

A Lucky Catch! This rather poor photo is of a Phoca vitulina ssp. richardsi which happened to catch a giant Pacific octopus, Enteroctopus dofleini Canada,Geotagged,Harbor (common) seal,Phoca vitulina,Summer

    comments (2)

  1. Nice sight! Posted 3 years ago
    1. Yes, thank you. Posted 3 years ago

Sign in or Join in order to comment.

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.

Similar species: Carnivorans
Species identified by gary fast
View gary fast's profile

By gary fast

All rights reserved
Uploaded May 6, 2019. Captured May 6, 2019 11:22 in 315 Whaletown Rd, Whaletown, BC V0P 1Z0, Canada.
  • E-M5MarkII
  • f/6.3
  • 1/800s
  • ISO400
  • 150mm